Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun on Sunday, commuted six death sentences to life imprisonment and frees 40 inmates.
He declared this as part of the gestures to commemorate the June 12 Democracy Day anniversary.
The Governor said there’s need for decongestion of the correctional centres across the state.
Abiodun made this announcement at the Democracy Day event which took place at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta.
He said “In commemoration of June 12 and in the exercise of my powers under section 212 (sub 1 and 2) of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and section 4 and 5 of Ogun State Advisory Council of the Prerogative of Mercy Laws, 2006, I have approved the committal to life imprisonment of death sentences of six convicts.
“Furthermore, I have also approved the early release of 40 others. It’s my hope that this symbolic gesture would make the beneficiaries turn a new leaf and have a fresh opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of our dear nation.
“This is also in recognition of the commitment of government at all levels to aid the decongestion of our Correctional Centres,” he said.
Abiodun paid tributes to MKO Abiola, the assumed victor of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
“It is our joy that, in the last 23 years, our dear great Nation has continued to witness continuous civil democratic dispensation and its dividends. That is the fruit of the sacrifice that MKO and other real democrats have made for us. This we cannot forget!” he said.