Three Condemned Criminals Freed in Delta

Emmanuel Uduaghan, governor of Delta State on October 1 granted amnesty to three men awaiting execution to mark Nigeria’s 54th Independence anniversary

celebrations. He also converted the death sentences of nine other prisoners to various terms of imprisonment.

Speaking at a special ceremony in Asaba, Uduaghan said the pardon of the prisoners was based on recommendations from the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.

“As part of the Independence Day celebration, through the power conferred on me under section 212 of the Nigerian Constitution and based on the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, I have granted total pardon to three prisoners sentenced to death and granted amnesty to nine other prisoners on death row whose sentences have now been commuted to various terms of imprisonment,” Uduaghan said.

He appealed to the sponsors of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, to use the occasion of the Independence celebrations to end their terrorist activities. “I want to call on sponsors of Boko Haram that enough is enough, they should have a rethink, they have killed, maimed, kidnapped and today, we are saying, enough is enough,” he said.

Uduaghan urged Nigerians to always support President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and pray for those who were staking their lives for Nigeria to remain an indivisible entity.

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