Obaseki approves release of 8 convicts on death roll, transmutes death sentence of 9 others to life imprisonment


The
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has approved the release of
eight (8) persons convicted for various crimes, in the exercise of the
prerogative of mercy in line with the recommendation of the Advisory
Council on Prerogative of Mercy.

In a statement, Secretary, Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Mrs
Joyce Omotayo Ugbodaga, said the action is in exercise of powers
conferred on the governor under section 212 of the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.

According to her, “This
is to inform the general public that His Excellency, the Executive
Governor of Edo State, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, in exercise of the
powers conferred on him under section 212 of the Constitution  of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, approved the immediate
and unconditional release of some prison inmates on the recommendation
of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.”

The freed inmates are “Abu Dennis Ulubeka (M); Tirimisiyu Adebayo (M); Tajudeen Fabiyi (M) and Olufemi Ajayi (M).”

Others are “Charles Omowunmi (M); Kalu Ojeh (M); Mattew Idoko (M) and Robinson James (M).”

Those
whose death sentences have been commuted to life include, “Okechukwu
Maraire (M) convicted and sentenced to death for the offence of Armed
Robbery; Osamede Abbey (M) convicted and sentenced to death for the
offence of Armed Robbery; Godwin Alao (M) convicted and sentenced to
death for the offence of Murder; Monday Iyalekhue (M) convicted and
sentenced to death for the offence of Murder and Osaretin Idehen (M)
found guilty but insane for the offence of Murder and confined in prison
subject to Governor’s overriding order.”

Others
are, “Omokefe Alao (M) found guilty for the offence of Murder and
detained in prison at the pleasure of the Governor; Okechukwu Okafor (M)
convicted and sentenced to death for the offence of murder; Ifeanyi
Okafor (M) convicted and sentenced to death for the offence of Armed
Robbery and Sunday  Odion (M) convicted and sentenced to death for the
offence of Armed Robbery

She
said the Prison Authorities have been directed to release the freed
inmates with immediate effect, noting, “it is hoped that action will
give hope to other inmates and motivate them to have a change of heart
and be of good behaviour. It is hoped that the freed inmates will
reciprocate the good gesture of Mr Governor by turning a new leaf and
living a crime-free life.”



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