Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has approved the release of 18 prisoners serving various jail terms in the state in commemoration of Nigeria’s 59th Independent Anniversary.
A statement by the Director General, Media and Communications to the governor, Mr Solomon Kumangar, said the governor’s action was in line with the constitution which granted him the power under prerogative of mercy.
He said the prisoners affected were selected from Yola, Numan, Ganye, Jada and Kojoli prisons.
“In commemoration of Nigeria’s 59th Independent Anniversary, His Execellency Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has signed an Executive Order approving the release of 18 prisoners in five different correctional facilities across Adamawa State.
“This is pursuant to the governor’s powers of Prerogative of Mercy, under section 22 (i) (d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”