Breaking: Buhari pardons 2,600 prisoners

President Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned 2,600 prisoners nationwide.






President Muhammadu Buhari has granted Presidential pardon to the former governor of old Bendel State, late Prof Ambrose Alli and a foremost nationalist, late Chief Anthony Enahoro.

Seventy of those pardoned are in Kuje Custodial Centre in Abuja, said Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola.


They were made up of 41 Federal inmates and 29 FCT inmates.


Five former inmates were also granted presidential pardon.

The pardon does not apply to inmates sentenced for 
Violent extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, human trafficking, culpable homicide and so on.


The Governors of the 36 states under whose jurisdiction most of the inmates are incarcerated will complete the exercise in line with the federal principle.


“After the release of the first phase, the amnesty committee will continue to meet regularly to consider those who deserve the benefit,” he said.


Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, said that the UN has advised Member States to reduce the number of inmates in custodial centres in view of the social distancing policy aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.

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