By Obinna Amaobi
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has granted pardon to 104 inmates in the five custodial centres.
He signed the release order on December 28 based on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.
Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said in a statement on Saturday that the gesture was also in compliance with Section 212 (1) (2) of the 1999 Constitution (amended) which empowers the governor to exercise the prerogative of mercy.
The Advisory Council relied on information provided by the correctional authorities, the nature of the offence, period of incarceration, age, health and behavioural conduct of the inmates.
“The approval for the release of the inmates is in line with the commitment of the Lagos State Government to decongest correctional facilities in Lagos State as part of the Justice Sector Reforms,” the statement added.