The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday granted pardon to 17 prisoners serving various jail terms in the state prison. He also commuted the death sentences verdict on four other prisoners to life imprisonment.
According to a statement from the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka, the gesture was part of activities to mark June 12 anniversaries in the state.
“Seventeen prisoners serving different jail terms in Ogun State have been granted pardon by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Four others also have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
Four others also have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment. This is in line with the power conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
“It is in exercise of the governor’s power to grant prerogative of mercy to convicts as conferred by the Constitution of the country.”
Those favoured in the governor’s kind gesture includes: Wale Ibidapo Ogungbade, Emmanuel Obi, Oshilaru Abiodun, Wasiu Raimi, Abiola Samuel, Obi Moses, Abiodun Odedele, Ojo Wasiu, Lateef Bello, Dosu Sunday, Kayode Ogunsawo, Sunday Agbehi, Stephen Kolade, Saburi Adebayo, Lekan Shodiya, Ogunsanya Segun and Tolani Ajayi.
The four prisoners on death row whose sentences were commuted to life imprisonment are Akeem Fatai, Nnamdi Osuagu, Sunday Oloyede and Idowu Okanlawon.
Meanwhile, the State Government has affirmed its readiness to deepen reforms in the industrial sector of the state economy, in order to attract more foreign direct investment to the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, during the 3rd annual retreat on the promotion of industrialization, organized by the Ogun State Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
He also urged participants to be up and doing as the state makes giant stride in the industrialization drive, adding that the state has grown its foreign direct investment to a level of no return.