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Yuletide: Sanwo-Olu Frees 246 Inmates, Alters Fate Of 39, In Push For Justice Reform

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Ahead of the New Year Celebrations, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has authorized the release of 246 inmates from various correctional facilities in Lagos State.

This decision, made under the constitutional provisions, marks a stride in the governor’s commitment to justice sector reforms and prison decongestion.

Speaking on the governor’s action, a spokesperson for the Lagos State Government stated, “The Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy conducted a thorough review, considering crucial factors such as the nature of offenses, duration of incarceration, health, age, and behavior of the inmates.”

Notably, Sanwo-Olu also commuted the death sentence of 39 inmates to life imprisonment, aligning with the administration’s stance on justice reform. The move, executed under constitutional provisions, highlights a proactive approach to addressing overcrowding and ensuring fair justice in correctional facilities.

This initiative is reflective of a broader nationwide effort, echoing the push by the Federal Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ola, to alleviate congestion in custodial centers. Tunji-Ola had earlier disclosed the strain on federal resources, citing the daily expense of N3 million to feed 4,000 inmates across the country, further emphasizing the need for decongestion.

Previously, the Federal Government facilitated the release of over 4,000 inmates, unable to pay their bail fees, expending a total of N585 million.

The ongoing drive to reduce congestion in custodial facilities aligns not only with humanitarian objectives but also with optimizing resource allocation at the federal level.


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