GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state has granted pardon to 14 prisoners serving various jail terms in the state.
Information Commissioner, Kayode Akinmade said this in a statement issued and signed in Akure yesterday.
Akinmade said that it was to mark the 2016 new year celebration.
According to him” 14 prisoners serving different jail terms in Ondo State have been discharged out of prison following pardon granted them by the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko .
The Governor’s gesture, Akinmade said” is in line with the power conferred on him by section 212 (1) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
The statement said the 14 who have all served portions of their terms were granted amnesty on the ground of good conduct.
According to the Commissioner the gesture” is in exercise of the Governor’s power to grant prerogative of mercy to convicts as conferred by the Constitution of the country.
The Commissioner said that the Governor is empowered to pardon, free, grant respite or substitute severe punishment with lesser one as form of amnesty for convicts. Akinmade pointed out that the amnesty takes immediate effect.