Abiodun Commutes Death Sentences, Pardons Inmates

Abiodun Commutes Death Sentences, Pardons Inmates

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has commuted the death sentences of 45 condemned prisoners to prison terms and granted pardon to 41 other inmates serving in different Correctional Centres across the state.

 This decision was made in exercise of his prerogative of mercy as the governor of the state.

Speaking at the 2024 Democracy Day celebration, Prince Abiodun said the gesture signals a break from past grievances and a move towards a more inclusive and compassionate society where merciful second chances are granted to deserving offenders. 

He noted that the convicts who received this gesture have shown remorse for their crimes, acquired skills and certifications in prison, and demonstrated verified good conduct during their imprisonment.

The governor's decision is in line with the Nigerian Constitution, which empowers him to exercise a prerogative of mercy to anyone convicted of an offense in Ogun State.

 The celebration of Democracy Day holds immense significance as it marks the triumph of democracy, the power of the people, and the pursuit of justice and freedom.

The governor also paid tribute to the late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, who won the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, and praised his courage and unwavering commitment to democratic ideals. He noted that the election remains a pivotal moment in Nigeria's democratic history and a testament to the strength and resilience of the Nigerian people.

A guest lecturer, Mr. Richard Akinnola, condemned those calling for a return to military rule, stating that June 12 stands as a defining moment in the democratic development of Nigeria. 

He emphasized the importance of keeping leaders accountable and remembering those who sacrificed their lives for democracy.

The celebration also featured goodwill messages from pro-democracy activists and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Ogun State, Dr. Niran Malaolu, who eulogized Chief Abiola for paying the supreme price for

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