June 12: Abiodun frees 41 inmates, converts 45 on death sentence to life imprisonment


Aluta News

As part of activities to celebrate Democracy Day, Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has directed the release of 41 convicts currently imprisoned across different correctional facilities in the state.

Abiodun announced this on Wednesday in Abeokuta during the commemoration of the country’s 25th democratic governance.

The governor explained that he had also signed warrants converting the death sentences of 45 inmates to prison sentences.

Abiodun stated that 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 added that all convicts who had received the gesture had shown remorse for their crimes, acquired skills and certifications in prison, with several of them receiving university degrees from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

“They have also demonstrated verified good conduct during their imprisonment,” he said.

Abiodun explained that the democratic ideals of the late M.K.O. Abiola should be guarded jealously towards attaining a just and progressive nation.

“Unfortunately, his life was cut short in prison a few months before the benevolent government of the day released political prisoners like him.

“The circumstances surrounding M.K.O. Abiola’s death emphasised the need for a timely intervention through pardons and amnesty, ensuring that individuals were not unjustly deprived of their liberty.

“The government has a duty to uphold democratic values by consistently applying principles of mercy, justice, and the rule of law,” he said.

The governor urged Nigerians to continue to support President Bola Tinubu’s administration, saying that he had promised to walk his talk to the benefits of Nigerians.

He added that the state government remained resolute in its resolve to move the state forward in the face of the economic reality of the country.

In his keynote address, Mr Richard Akinnola, a public analyst, noted that June 12 would continue to resonate as a continuous reminder about the imperative of improving Nigeria’s democracy.

Akinnola spoke on the theme: “June 12: Defining Moment in the Democratic Development of Nigeria”.

He said that June 12 was now more than a date on the calendar, saying it had become a symbol of resistance, resilience and unyielding spirit of democracy.

He urged Nigerians never to call for military incursion to terminate the nation’s democracy in spite of many challenges confronting the country.

“Moreover, the symbolism of June 12 extends beyond mere commemoration, it serves as a reminder of the values and principles that underpin democracy,” he said.


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