Dapo Abiodun commutes 6 death sentences, frees 40 prisoners

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun commuted six death sentences to life in prison and released forty convicts.

Dapo Abiodun stated that the gesture was in honour of the Democracy Day event on June 12 and the need to decongest Correctional Centres throughout the state.

This was stated by Abiodun during his speech at the Democracy Day celebration held at the MKO Abiola Stadium in the state capital, Abeokuta.

He stated, “In observance of June 12 and in the exercise of my powers under section 212 (sub 1 and 2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and section 4 and 5 of the Ogun State Advisory Council of the Prerogative of Mercy Laws, 2006, I have approved the commutation to life imprisonment of six death-sentenced convicts.

“I have also authorised the early publication of forty others. It is my hope that this symbolic gesture would inspire the recipients to turn over a new leaf and seize a new opportunity to contribute to the growth of our cherished nation.

“This is also recognition of the resolve of all levels of government to assist in the decongestion of our Correctional Centers,” he stated.

Governor Dapo Abiodun also praised MKO Abiola, the putative victor of the presidential election held on June 12, 1993.

According to him, it is indisputable that the fights of June 12 as orchestrated by MKO gave birth to the present-day democracy in Nigeria.

“It is to our delight that, for the past 23 years, our dear, wonderful nation has witnessed continuous civil democracy and its benefits. This is the result of the sacrifices made by MKO and other genuine democratic leaders on our behalf. We cannot forget this!” he exclaimed.

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