Gov Matawalle Pardon 46 Inmates in Zamfara
From Adamu Sanusi, Gusau
Zamfara state governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has pardoned 46 inmates who were convicted by the court of law and remanded them to prison in Gusau.
The state attorney general also the commissioner of justice Barr. Junaidu Aminu Kaura stated this while addressing newsmen at the state headquarters of Nigeria Correctional Center in Gusau Friday.
According to him, those who were pardoned included 30 inmates who were serving different sentences ranging from 20 years to 6 month imprisonment, 9 lifers and 11 inmates who were on death sentences respectively.
The commissioner stated that the pardoning of the inmates was based on the recommendation by the interrogating mercy committee under his chairmanship submitted to the office of the governor.
He said, their pardoning was approved by the governor based on the provision of section 212 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended which gave the governor power to pardon or remit any convict serving his or her imprisonment conviction time.
The commissioner tasked them to be good ambassadors in their society not allow themselves to be part of any criminality again.
He pointed out that the sum of N20, 000 Naira was given to all the 46 inmates who were pardoned for them to be reunited with their relatives by the state government.
Meanwhile, in an interview with newsmen, one of the pardoned inmate Abdullahi Nasiru of Magamin Maitarko town who was convicted for murder and remanded in prison as lifer for 18 years commended Zamfara state governor for his sympathy to them .
He promised to be good citizens of the state and support all government policies and programs for the development of the state.