The Niger state governor Abubakar Sani Bello has granted an unconditional pardon to four prison inmates on death row and two others convicted and kept in prison custody.
He also commuted the death sentence of 20 inmates to a various term of imprisonment, discharged 40 others and ordered payment of fines for 221 convicts held in various prisons across the state. Governor Sani Bello said the gesture is in the spirit of the season and by the virtue of the powers vested in him by section 212 of the 1999 constitution(as amended).
In this wise, Mr. Governor has directed the Office of the Attorney General as well as the Niger State Council on Prerogative of Mercy to give effect to the pronouncement. While felicitating with all Nigerians on the occasion, Governor Sani Bello reassured the citizens that his administration remains resolute and focused to work for the progress and development of the state in line with the visions of the nationalists who fought for liberation and sovereignty of the country.
The Governor also called on politicians and political parties to play by the rules and avoid unduly acts of disturbance that could infringe on the right of others adding that, although democracy admits protests, rallies, and demonstrations, it also ensures that they are done responsibly and peacefully.