Ogun State government has inaugurated a 7-man Committee on prerogative of mercy, in line with section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, who was also the Chairman of the Committee, made this known in an inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council of the Committee, held at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Mr. Adeniran while reiterating the purpose of the prerogative of mercy, under the constitution, said it was the privilege granted to the Governor to pardon anyone who has committed an offence, which was not capital, grant reduction to the number of years of sentence given to a convict, orders substitution such as payment of fine instead of serving more years in prisons among others.
“It’s not a political tool but to exercise the power given to the Governor and not to send wrong signal which is done in specific cases as slated by the constitution”, he said
The Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Olusegun Olaotan said the application of a convict intended to be released must be looked into, whether it deserved to be considered through certain guidelines with a representative from the correctional centres as they have full information of the convict, maintaining that issue of politics would not jeopardise the quality of the exercise, as many would mount pressure which he said would not affect the job.
Members of the Committee include; Mrs. Feyi Bolarinwa-Adebowale, as Secretary, Hon. Habeeb Ajayi, Mrs. Kemi Balogun, Hon. Adebowale Ojuri, Dr. Kushimo Rabiu and Mr. Jowosinmi Taiwo.
Press Officer, Min. of Justice