FG Inaugurates Committee To Pardon Prisoners

The Federal Government has inaugurated the presidential advisory committee on prerogative of mercy to bring about a drastic reduction of prison system that has become a blot on the criminal justice system.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Boss Mustapha while inaugurating the twelve members committee in Abuja said the committee was established to assist the president in the discharge of his responsibility of granting pardon to deserving in mates and convicts.

Boss Mustapha was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of justice,  Abubakar Malami explained that the committee under his chairmanship will have four years tenure to assist Mr.  President in the discharge of his contutitional responsibility to not only granting pardon to deserving prisoners and ex – convicts and  re – integrating them into the society but also to work towards decongesting the prisons nation wide.

“ladies and gentlemen,  the inauguration today enable you to kick start the processes leading to nation wide prisons visit and consequent recommendation of eligible ex – convicts and convicts for presidential pardon.  This is a committee of mercy.  May God have mercy on us “,. He stated.

The Minister of justice  while appreciating Mr.  President for reconstitution of the committee,  he also noted that the responsibility of the committee is sensitive and enormous.

Earlier in his remarks,  the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Mr.  Alo William had explained that the presidential Advosory committee on prerogative of mercy was approved by Mr.  President through a recommendation from the office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation since June, 2013.

Accordin to him,  the committee is an administrative one under section 175 of the  1999 constitution to assist Mr.  President to grant any person  free or subjected to any lawful conditions.

The presidential advisory committee on prerogative mercy which has its chairman under the minister of justice,  Abubakar  Malami,  and the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation also has the inspector General of police, idris Ibrahim  as a member.

Other members including the Human Rights Commission,  Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN),  Nigerian Prison Service and among others.

By:Gom Mirian, Abuja

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