Three days after Street Journal’s exclusive report on the plight of the prisoners pardoned by Governor Abiola Ajimobi who were still languishing in jail two months after being pardoned, the Governor has responded by signing the documents for the release of the inmates.
Street Journal’s investigations revealed that the papers were signed early on Monday and officials from the Nigerian Prisons Service were called for the final confirmation.
By noon, the pardoned inmates were taken to the Record’s Department where they were checked. They were also taken through the final counselling session.
At exactly 14.00 hrs on Monday, the four beneficiaries eventually emerged from the gates of the Agodi Prison beaming with smiles. Yussuf Nuhu was met by his brother while the others had to make phone calls to their families to arrange to pick them up.
They were all happy to breathe the air of freedom. One of them said he felt good standing without a warder behind him after so many years.
Last Christmas, while exercising the powers granted him by Section 212(1) of the 1999 Constitution, which states that “the governor is empowered to pardon, free, grant respite or substitute a severe punishment with lesser one as a form of amnesty for the convicts,’’ subject to the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Governor Ajimobi granted amnesty to Yusuf Nuhu, Solomon Adegboye, Gbenga Adeojo, Akpan Joseph and Sunday Ajao.
Street Journal gathered that Akpan Joseph, one of the inmates had been released earlier having served out his sentence before the amnesty documents were signed.
The others however remained in prison until the documents authorising their release were signed on Monday.