ONI COMMUTES ONE DEATH SENTENCE, PARDONS 12 PRISONERS
As part of activities marking the nation's 50th Independent
Anniversary and 14th anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State, the
State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni has commuted the death sentence of one
prisoner to life imprisonment and granted amnesty to 12 inmates
serving various jail terms.
This was contained in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti, today by the
Chief press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre.
The condemned prisoner, Olabisi Ogunlowo, whose death sentence was
commuted to life imprisonment was convicted for armed robbery and had
been on the death row for years while Idowu Ofere (male), who was
convicted for murder had his life imprisonment sentence commuted to
In the order of release addressed to the Controller of Prisons in
charge of Federal Prisons Services, Ado-Ekiti, Governor Oni said;
“Whereas, the prisoners whose names are set out in the attached
schedule have been duly convicted of various offences and were
sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.
“And whereas, following the decision by the Ekiti State Advisory
Council on Prerogative of Mercy of 24th September 2010, the Council in
its own deliberate judgment has recommended to me that I should
exercise my power of in relation to the said prisoners.
“And whereas, I have decided in accordance with the advice of the said
Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to remit the remainder of the
“Now know ye therefore, that I, Engr. Segun Oni, Executive Governor of
Ekiti State of Nigeria in exercise of the powers conferred on him by
virtue of Section 212 of the Constitution of the 1999 Constitution
graciously extend my grace and mercy unto the said prisoners and to
remit the unexpired portion of the sentences imposed on the aforesaid
The other prisoners affected by the order included; Gabriel Isaac,
Godwin Omuh Henry, John Egwu, Godwin O. Ndura, Anthony Vincent and
Others are Sunday Anubiohu, Chukwuma Manson, Gbenga Amuseko, Jimoh
Ganiyu and Ajayi Ropo.
Meanwhile, Governor Oni has said that the State Government would
continue to give the less privileged in the Ekiti State, including the
aged, widows and physically a sense of belonging.
Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Tae Lawal, who represented the governor at
a party organised for widows and aged women in the State on Saturday
said the government would continue to use the Independence Day
celebration to rebuild confidence in Ekiti people, especially those in
the vulnerable group.
Earlier on Friday, the government had hosted the physically challenged
people in the State to a party at Fajuyi Park, Ado-Ekiti, where
Governor Oni and other top government functionaries danced, wined and
cut the anniversary cake with students of schools for the physically
challenged in the state.
Ekiti State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni in a warm handshake with
Akinsola Ayo, student of School for the Physically Challenged,
Ido-Ekiti after the governor cut the Nigeria's 50th Independent
Anniversary and Ekiti State 14th Anniversary cake with physically
challenged people in the State. With him are his wife, Mrs. Kemi Oni
and wife of the Deputy Governor, Princess Oluwayemisi Lawal and