Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, on Tuesday, pardoned an inmate who has spent 36 years in Kirikiri maximum Prison and correctional facility.
The inmate who was popularly referred to as Baba Jos by fellow inmates was released alongside 11 others in furtherance of the law establishing the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy.
The inmates have spent between thirty-six and twenty years in prison and were released having satisfied basic conditions such as remorse, good behaviour and readiness to contribute meaningfully to the society.
It was wild jubilation among other inmates inside the correctional facility when the names of the freed inmates were announced.
Speaking while handing over the release order from the Governor to the Lagos Prisons Command, Chairman of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo said the release of the inmates was in line with the commitment of the present administration in the State to the ideals of the justice sector reforms through prison decongestion.
Oyewo, who represented Governor Ambode at the event alongside other members of the Council, said the exercise was pursuant to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which empowered the Governor to exercise prerogative of mercy, and also to offer hope to such inmates who have demonstrated capacity to be re-absolved into the society.