Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has approved the release of 18 prisoners in five facilities around the state.
“In commemoration of Nigeria’s 59 independence anniversary, His Excellency, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has signed an executive order approving the release of 18 prisoners serving various jail terms in five correctional facilities across Adamawa State,” a statement from Government House, Yola, said.
The statement, signed by the Director General of Media & Communications, Solomon Kumangar, said the governor extended the gesture to prisoners in line with extant legal provision.
“This is pursuant to the Governor’s power of prerogative of mercy under Section 22 (I)(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement explained.
It named locations of the correctional facilities from which inmates are to be released as Numan, Yola, Ganye, Jada and Kojoli, and said documents giving effects to the governor’s executive order had already been dispatched to the facilities.