The Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, on Thursday, recommended the immediate release of 18 inmates serving life sentences at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison.
The 18 inmates, who included 15 male and three females serving life sentences for various offences, and having spent more than 30 years in incarceration, were recommended for immediate release by the Council on compassionate grounds.
The inmates were ordered to be released having been found to have fulfilled the very stringent conditions for their freedom.
Speaking at the small handing over ceremony held at the hall of the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Chairman of the Council, Oyelowo Oyewo, applauded the benevolence of the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in assenting to exercise the prerogative in favour of the recommended inmates.
Mr. Oyewo, who was represented by Bolatunmi Animashaun, advised the pardoned inmates to turn a new leaf when eventually they reunite with their families and the larger society, adding that they must steer clear of every temptation that could make them a repeat offender and jeopardize the once in a lifetime opportunity.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, encouraged other inmates still serving in the Prison to be of good behaviour and exhibit conducts that could qualify them to benefit from such order.
Mr. Kazeem, who was represented by Director of Legislative Drafting in the State’s Ministry of Justice, Yejide Kolawole, advised the inmates to improve themselves, as the application of other inmates eligible for State pardon were still under consideration.