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Obiano grants pardon to three prisoners



GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State has granted pardon  to three prisoners from   Anambra State Prisons.

This was contained in a notification letter to the Commissioner of Information, dated 24th June, 2019, signed by  the Executive Secretary, State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy and made available to  National Light.

The letter   reads,” This is to bring to your notice that  three(3) prisoners from Anambra  prisons have been granted reprieve  by  the Executive Governor of Anambra State ,Chief Dr. Willie Obiano to mark the Democracy Day celebration on June  12,   2019.

The Attorney –General /Chairman,  Anambra State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Dr.  Mrs  Uju Nwogu had  earlier written  a letter to Governor Obiano referenced, AG/AN/S.198/VOL.V/19  and titled, ‘Recommendation for the exercise of the prerogative of mercy by grant of reprieve to prisoners to mark the democracy day celebration on June 12, 2019.

The letter read,” Due t o deluge of appeals to the Attorney-General’s office for clemency and long lists from various prisons authorities ,the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy visited the Enugu Maximum, Nsukka, Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi and Aguata Prisons, as well as hospitals to interview and access convicts who applied for clemency.’

It disclosed that the council held a meeting on the 15Thof May,2019 and made  recommendation to the governor for ‘grant of reprieve to deserving convicts to mark the Democracy Day  celebration on 12TH June,2019’, following some conditions which were considered.

Out of185Prisoners, Three were pardoned and released. They were Oluebube Barthlomew Obinwugo, charge no MIS/33C/2018 and offence committed was youthful exuberance. Usman Kaine Odogwu , charge no MAG/14C/18 , from Odekpe, Anambra State and offence committed was land dispute. All  from Onitsha Prison.   The third person was Edmond Obeten, charge no NMC/163C/18,from Ijom- Kelabibi, Ugea-Yako, Cross River State. Offence committed stealing and was in Nnewi prison.

The letter disclosed that Oluebube Barthlomew Obinwugo was considered on compassionate ground,  Usman Kaine Odogwu,64, considered on grounds of age. While  Edmond Obeten, who stole plasma  television was considered because he was 18years and an undergraduate.

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