Democracy Day: Gov. Abiodun Releases 41 Convicts, Converts Death Sentences to Prison Term

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has ordered the release of 41 convicts in all the correctional centers across the state, even as he signed the death sentences of 45 inmates to prison sentences. 

The governor made the announcement during the celebration of 2024 Democracy Day, held at the Kuto Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, the state capital on Wednesday. 
Abiodun, while addressing the gathering of traditional rulers, government officials, students, union leaders amongst others, discloses that the gesture is to grant a “merciful second chance to the convicts’ towards inclusive society. 
The governor also noted that the decision came after receiving the guidance of Ogun State advisory Council on the prerogative of mercy. 
“Having received the guidance of the Ogun State Advisory Council on the prerogative of mercy,  I have signed the appropriate warrants, ordering the release of 41 convicts currently imprisoned across different correctional centers in Ogun state.
“I have also Signed the Death sentences of 45 inmates to prison sentences. This gesture today  is a break from past grievances and a move towards a more inclusive and compassionate Society where merciful second chances Are granted to deserving offenders”, the governor said. 
According to Governor Abiodun, all the beneficiary convicts have shown resource, while some of them have acquire skills and have obtained university degrees from prison. 
“All Convicts who have received this gesture have shown remorse for their crimes. They have acquired skills, some of them have even acquired certifications in prison with several of them receiving University degrees from the National Open University of Nigeria”.
Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun said June 12 signifies the commitment of Nigerians to democracy and the belief in the better future of Nigeria. 
His words “It’s a testament to the strength and resilience of the Nigerian people who have shown unwavering commitment to democracy and believe in a better future.
“Today’s celebration Is a clear demonstration of the aspirations of all patriotic Nigerians to evolve an ideal Democratic process, capable of bringing forth Visionary leaders like His Excellency President Bola Amed Tinubu (GCFR), who is today the president and Commander in Chief of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“June 12 represents a turning point in our Democratic history, a moment when the will of the people prevailed And the voices of millions were heard. The symbol of that election the late chief mko Abiola stands as one of the finest trailblazers of this great state. 
“His courage and unwavering commitment to democratic ideals remains an inspiration to us all. His campaign slogan “Hope 93”  was more than a message of Hope. It was a national Reawakening rooted in faith and Limitless ability of Nigerians to face their challenges and solve the problems of nation building.
“Nigerians not only believe this message But they also trusted the messenger which they had no credit demonstrated on June 12th, 1993 Despite All Odds. 


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