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Presidential Pardon: We Have Received 320 Applications From Convicts – Malami

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Presidential Pardon: We Have Received 320 Applications From Convicts – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN, has disclosed that the Federal Government has received numerous applications from some convicts and inmates that are praying for pardon and clemency.

The AGF made the disclosure on Tuesday during a meeting he held with members of the Committee at the his ministry.
Otherrs in attendance at the meeting were the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, as well as Permanent Secretaries of both the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Special Duties, Umar Mohammed and Amb. Anthonia Ekpa, respectively.

While disclosing that 320 of such applications that were brought on behalf of some convicts in Custodial Centers across the nation, were routed through the Federal Ministry of Justice, Malami explained that volume of requests his office alone was inundated with, led President Muhammadu Buhari to order the reconvening of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, PACPM.

The AGF noted that Federal Government had on June 19, 2018, constituted the PACPM that comprised of distinguished Nigerians, with himself as Chairman of the Committee.

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“The core mandate of the Committee is that of assisting Mr. President in the discharge of his constitutional responsibility of granting pardon and clemency to convicts or ex-convicts in deserving cases and reintegrating them back into the society geared towards decongesting Correctional Centers and discharge the role constitutionally bestowed in him in that regards.

Presidential Pardon: We Have Received 320 Applications From Convicts – Malami

By virtue of section 175(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the President may;

“Grant any person concerned with or convicted of any offence created by an Act of the National Assembly a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions;

Grant to any person a respite, either for an indefinite or for a specified period of the execution of any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence;

Substitute a less severe form of any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence; or

“Remit the whole or any part of any punishment imposed on the person for such an offence or of any penalty or forfeiture otherwise due to the state on account of such an offence”, Malami stated.

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He said the Committee had in 2018, after a painstaking exercise at selected Correctional facilities in various states that cut across the six geo-political zones of the country, recommended some convicts and ex-convicts for a presidential pardon.

According to the AGF, based on report of the Committee, the presidential pardon was granted to two inmates, clemency to 39 others, while four ex-convicts were also pardoned.

He said the Council of State at its meeting on August 27, 2020, ratified and validated the President’s action which he said had since been officially gazetted.

“Since the Committee submitted its report and proceeded on recess, the Federal Ministry of Justice has received numerous applications for presidential pardon and clemency.

“However, following Mr President’s directive to all stakeholders to swiftly ensure the decongestion of Correctional Centers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the glaring consequent danger posed to the Custodial Centers nationwide on the one part, and the fact the office of the honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and that of the Committee Secretariat is being inundated with myriad of requests for the grant of presidential pardon and clemency (320 applications) on behalf of some convicts in Custodial Centers across the nation.

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In his remarks, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Akume, decried that the population of inmates in the country has “become a stain on the nation’s criminal justice system”.

While applauding FG for reconvening the PACPM, Akume, stressed that mandate of the Committee is to interview, select and determine convicts and ex-convicts to be granted pardon for onward recommendation to the National Council of State headed by President Buhari.

He however warned the committee to be mindful of the kind of convicts it would recommend for a presidential pardon.

“Mr President will be relying on you as a Committee, to do what is required of him constitutionally, to grant pardon to deserving inmates, convicts and ex-convicts.

Akume warned the committee to tread with caution to aviod releasing unrepentant criminals back into the society and thereby causing more social problems in the country.”

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Obituary: Dr. Chike Akunyili’s Burial Poster (Photos)

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The burial Poster for the burial of Dr. Chike Akunyili has been released by his family.

He will be buried in his country home, Agulu in Anambra State, on Thursday 25th November, 2021.

Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former NAFDAC boss, Late Professor Dora Akunyili, was killed by unknown gunmen in Nkpor, Anambra state on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021.

Obituary: Dr. Chike Akunyili's Burial Poster (Photos)

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has assented to and signed the bill to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic Cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in Anambra State, establish Cattle and other livestock Ranches in the state and to provide for related matters.

The signing ceremony was performed today, Friday, 22nd October, 2021 at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

Obiano Signs Anambra Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law

Performing the function, Governor Obiano who appreciated the state house of Assembly for expeditious passage, said that the establishment of the law will hopefully enable entrenchment of peace, though they have been managing crisis for a very long time which were only short term measures, stressing that the law enforcement agents have been directed to implement it.

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Present at the brief ceremony were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nworgu, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Commissioner for Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng, Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Nnamdi Onkwuba, Chairman of South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor, Traditional Ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Member representing Awka North at the State House of Assembly, House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Chief John Nwokoye, Members of the Hausa Community in the state, among others.

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The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has donated an office block to Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos, to support policing of the area.

LERSA President, Chief James Emadoye, while inspecting the building on Wednesday preparatory to its inauguration and handing over to the Nigeria Police Force, said the project was 95 per cent completed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many police stations and business premises and property were destroyed during the EndSARS protests exactly a year ago.

According to Emadoye, the building, which awaits painting and completion of the restrooms, will be delivered to the Inspector General of Police through the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

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He said the association had intervened in several ways to bring succour to security operatives including the donation of canopies, generator, chairs and various humanitarian materials after the #EndSARS destruction.

EndSARS: Lekki residents donate office block to police station

“Members of the association recall the wanton destruction that followed the unfortunate incidence of the protests last year.

“The association almost completed the development of a block of office to accommodate the police, while waiting for government’s full construction of the police station, which was totally destroyed last year.

“The Exco of LERSA approved and released the sum of N8.5 million for the project, which was donated financially and materially by the members.

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“You will recall also that the association has, between Oct. 20, 2020 and today, donated two vehicles to the Nigerian

Police to assist them in the discharge of their duties.

“As at today, we would like to thank God that this project is 95 per cent completed,” he said.

Emadoye noted that the association was committed to continually intervene in all manners, as a responsible organisation with programmes that would affect the lives of citizens in Lekki area.

He commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government over the maintenance of the roads and for the progress made in the construction of the Lekki Regional Road.

“We trust that the government would fulfill its promises by starting the coastal road before the end of its term in office.

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“On this anniversary of the EndSARS campaign, we at LERSA pray for a better Lagos devoid of destruction.

“A Lagos of peace and tranquility and a true mega city, which will be home to all and a greater Lekki Peninsula, which shall be the destination for living, tourism and businesses in Nigeria.”

CSP Tajudeen Mustapha, Divisional Police Officer on hand at the project inspection, commended the association’s assistance to the Nigeria Police Force.

He noted that the building would be used and continuously maintained to the very high standard that the association had provided.

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