Cov/Usman MZ, Jigawa
Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state has granted pardon to 17 convicted persons based on the recommendation of the State Committee on Prerogative of Mercy under the leadership of Dr Aisha Warshu Haruna.
The inmates have been released from the state correctional facilities on Tuesday according to a statement issued to the media and signed by the Ministry of Justice Public Relations Officer, Zainab Baba Santali.
The statement indicated that the grant of the pardon is part of the routine policy by the Governor to provide succour to inmates who are remorseful and decongests correctional facilities in the state.
The categories of the Inmates vary from those who have committed misdemeanor and three young persons that the Jigawa State High Court detained for a long time at the pleasure of the Governor for the offence of Homicide.
Appreciating the Governor’s clemencies, the Jigawa Attorney General Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu said, “It shows that His Excellency is a compassionate person to remorseful inmates. We thank His Excellency so much.”
He added that the Committee on Prerogative of Mercy Committee had done well through meticulous scrutiny of inmates who deserved pardon before forwarding the final list to the Governor.
The Attorney General who appealed to the public to be law-abiding, advised them to stay out of crimes and report any suspicious activities to security agencies.