The Federal Government is currently assessing about 300 prisoners for presidential pardon.
The committee in charge, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy began the exercise in Ikoyi Correctional Centre in Lagos.
Some of the criteria for pardon are critical illness, old age, and more than 10 years in custody.
At the event where the head of the Committee, Abubakar Malami was represented by Leticia Ayoola-Daniel, the Minister of Justice said out of the 300 scrutinised, only 80 will be considered for pardon.
Mr Malami said: “It is noteworthy to mention that the committee was reconvened bearing in mind the importance of the mandate of the committee.
“I am using this opportunity to express this committee’s appreciation to our partners in the exercise: Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, and controller-general of the Nigeria Correctional Service, among others,” he said.
“However, only 80 names of inmates who meet the criteria, both males and females, would be submitted to the National Council of States for onward recommendation to President Buhari,” he said.