As Nigeria celebrates her Independence Anniversary, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El- Rufai in a gesture of mercy reduced the sentence of 9 prisoners while releasing 25 prisoners from prison.
In a message released by El- Rufai to celebrate Nigeria @ 60, he said:
“As we mark the diamond jubilee of our country’s freedom, it is customary that we extend a gesture of mercy to some persons that are serving their sentence in prisons within Kaduna State.
“I have exercised powers vested by Section 212 of the Constitution and accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to commute the sentences of 34 convicts.
“Based on this decision, 25 convicts are to be released, while others have had their sentences reduced, including committal of death sentences for some convicted armed robbers to life imprisonment.”