Obaseki pardons 70 prisoners

Edo City–

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, approved the release of 70 inmates from various prisons across the state as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 57th independence.
A statement by Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie said, the 70 inmates had been in prison for a considerable time, explaining that some of them were in the prison custody for more than two years without trial.
Obaseki said the move was a step towards improving the justice delivery system in the state and reducing the number of awaiting-trial inmates by 50 percent.

He, however, stated that the inmates would be sternly cautioned to stay away from crime before they were let go.
The governor, who also attended a church service to mark the independence anniversary, urged Nigerians to be grateful for the opportunity to coexist peacefully in a free nation for 57 years.

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