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Buhari Grants Pardon to 2,600 Prisoners, Orders for their Release

As part of measures to control the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has granted pardon and and ordered the release of 2, 600 inmates of the Custodial Centres of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS).

This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the Minister, while 70 of the inmates would be released in Abuja, the rest are expected to be released by the state governors after convening a meeting of their individual committee on Prerogative of Mercy.

He revealed further that the president also granted pardon to three other Nigerians, two of whom are ex-military officers according to Aregbesola.

“I am pleased to inform you that five ex-convicts recommended for presidential pardon (by Buhari) have been so pardoned. They are late Prof Ambrose Ali, Late Chief Anthony Enahoro, ex Lt. Col. Moses Effiong, Major E.J. Olanrewaju and Ajayi Olusola Babalola. Prof Ali was the governor of the old Bendel State in the Second Republic (1978-1983) and a great progressive while Chief Enahoro was a foremost nationalist who moved the motion for Nigeria’s independence.

He commended the President for showing statesmanship by pardoning those individuals who contributed in no small measure to the development of the country.

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