CHRISTMAS: Governor Ikpeazu Pardons Inmates Convicted For Murder

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has granted pardon to nine
prisoners serving various jail terms at the Enugu, Aba, Umuahia and Kirikiri
prisons.
Chief Umeh Kalu, Chairman, State Advisory Council on
Prerogative of Mercy, announced this in a statement made available to newsmen in Umuahia on Monday.
Kalu, who is the State Commissioner for Justice and
Attorney-General, said that the gesture was in the spirit of the Christmas and
New Year celebrations.
He said that the inmates were convicted for various
offences including murder, stealing, Advanced Free Fraud and assault.
According to him, the governor also ordered the
release of a female murder convict, while two inmates had their death sentences
commuted to life imprisonment.
Kalu stated that the governor’s action was predicated
on the advice of the advisory council.

“The governor wishes that the released prisoners will
take advantage of the new lease of life granted to them and forever refrain
from criminility and remain law-abiding,” he further said.
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