Kwara Governor Frees 23 Prisoners and Reviews 18 Life Sentence Cases


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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has pardoned 23 convicted inmates to allow them to celebrate the Eid-el Kabir festival with their families.


Adegbulugbe Olumide, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kwara, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Ilorin. He explained that the governor’s gesture was an act of kindness.

During his visit to the correctional facility, Governor AbdulRazaq freed several inmates in anticipation of the upcoming holiday.

He also reviewed the sentences of 18 inmates serving life terms, reducing their penalties: 10 inmates had their sentences commuted to 21 years, six to 10 years, and two to two years.

Additionally, a female inmate serving a seven-year sentence had her term reduced to six months.

Olumide noted that the governor also provided transportation fares for the released inmates to return to their homes.


Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq
Photo via ICIR Nigeria

He emphasized that the decisions to reduce sentences and release inmates were based on their health conditions and a belief that they had reformed.

The Controller of Corrections in Kwara State, Danmairomu Ayodeji, thanked Governor AbdulRazaq for his generous actions.

He urged the released inmates to be positive representatives of their communities and avoid returning to crime.

Ayodeji also praised the Controller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, for supporting these initiatives and acknowledged the State Ministry of Justice for their effective work, highlighting that these efforts help reduce overcrowding in the custodial facilities.


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