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Gov Bala pardons 96 inmates from various custodian centers.

BY MUSLIM LAWAL:

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of has granted pardon to 96 inmates serving various jail terms at Correctional Centres across the state.

The move was as part of his administration’s resolve and determination to decongest correctional centres in the state.

Governor Bala signing the pardon of 96 inmates in Bauchi state

Speaking at the event held at the banquet hall, Government House, Bauchi, Governor Bala Mohammed said seven million naira has been released by the state government to facilitate the immediate release of the inmates from the correctional centres.

The Governor explained that the decision to pardon them has been informed by a careful review of their records by the Committee on the prerogative of mercy who confirmed the remorsefulness of the inmates of their misdeeds and their determination to become good citizens who would be useful to themselves and the society.

96 pardoned inmates in Government house Bauchi

He added that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) has given him powers as the Chief Executive of the State to pardon inmates in correctional centres in the State and announced government’s donation of 100 thousand naira to each of the 96 freed inmates.

He tasked the pardoned convicts to be law abiding citizens and engage in legitimate endeavors by taking advantage of the various empowerment windows provided by his administration so as to become self- reliant and useful members of the society.

The Governor noted that his administration is committed to ensuring speedy dispensation of criminal justice, hence the approval for upward review of the N500,000:00 released to Ministry of Justice quarterly to N1,000,000:00 as prosecution fees meant for taking care of expenses incurred while procuring prosecution witnesses.

According to him, his administration has also provided all departments at the ministry of justice with desktop computers and all State Counsels at the Ministry have been provided with lap top computers with other necessary facilities to facilitate access to judgments at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Governor Bala Mohammed used the occasion to request the Chief Judge of the State to prevail on judges, especially judges of the lower courts to be wary of remanding persons at the Correctional Centres for simple offences or even purely civil cases like matrimonial matters.

On his part, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hassan El-Yakub, explained that functions of the Advisory Council on prerogative mercy includes issues of well-being of convicted inmates held in the custodial centres across the State, payment of fine or compensation which will not only help to decongest the custodial centres, but assist the reformed convicts to become good citizens who will eventually engage themselves in meaningful economic activities that will be beneficial to themselves and the society at large.

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