18 prison inmates set free by Governor’s mercy, pardon from Kirikiri in Lagos

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In the prison, it is either you prey on somebody or you are preyed upon. The everyday agony of inmates in Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos state, Nigeria is beyond imagination.

Today, the Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy has advised and handed over an order of prerogative of mercy to the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) for the immediate release of 18 inmates serving life sentences at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos State.

The pain experienced by this inmates could be seen in their eyes as red as blood due to their suffering and severe punitive measure for their offences.

There were total numbers of 18 inmates pardoned, 15 male inmates and 3 females inmates sentenced to prison by a court of competent jurisdiction for their various offences, these inmates were serving life sentences, and having spent more than 30 years in prison ‘incarceration’, were therefore pardon believing that they have learnt their lesson not to commit crime again and henceforth recommended for immediate pardon and release by the Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy on compassionate grounds.

The 18 inmates were ordered to be released having been found to have fulfilled the very stringent conditions for their freedom.

Their released witnessed an event at the handing over and release order ceremony held at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, the Chairman of Lagos, the Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, who was represented by Mrs. Bolatunmi Animashaun saluted and applauded the generosity and benevolence of Lagos State Government and the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in assenting and approving the order of prerogative of mercy to the 18 inmates.

Mrs. Bolatunmi Animashaun further urged and pleaded 18 inmates flee from crime and live a worthy and value based life in their community.

To unity with their love ones, their family and the larger society with good conscience and steer clear of every criminal activities temptation that could make them a repeat offender or second offender and jeopardize the once in a lifetime opportunity of been a freed man in the society.

Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem who was represented by Director of Legislative Drafting in the State’s Ministry of Justice, Mrs Yejide Kolawole also pleaded with the other inmates still serving in the Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos to be of good conduct and report mischievious activity of any inmates in the prison to prison officers and conduct themselves in a manner that would pave way for them to benefit from such prerogative of mercy order.

Mrs. Yejide Kolawole further advised the 18 inmates pardoned and the other serving inmates to conduct themselves, as the prerogative of mercy application to the government for other inmates eligible for State pardon were still under consideration and scrutiny.

The 18 inmates pardoned expressed their joy in a very great way that finally salvation has appeared unto them and their freedom from bondage and incarceration has come to an end.

They further thanked the state government for deeming it fit to consider them for mercy.

The pardoned inmates were very excited and expressed their appreciation to Lagos State Governor for the approval of the prerogative of mercy order granted and they thanked the Governor for his benevolence in giving them the opportunity of a second chance at living a daily purposeful life.

They also pledged to free from crime activity and be of good behaviour, and to be law abiding citizens as they return back to their family and live a peaceful live in their community.

The 18 inmates pardoned expressed their joy in a very great way that finally salvation has appeared unto them and their freedom from bondage and incarceration has come to an end.

They further thanked the state government and Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy for deeming it fit to consider them for mercy.

The prerogative order of mercy was handed over to the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) through the State’s Controller of Prisons, Mr. Olatunbosun Ladipo.

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