Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the constitution of a nine-person Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to advise him on the modalities for release of some prison inmates as part of the national strategies to contain COVID-19.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Bar Salman Jawondo will serve as Chairman, while the Director of Public Prosecution from the state’s Ministry of Justice will serve as the Secretary of the Advisory Council.
Other members are Gabriel Deji, Oluwole Osundeyi, Isiaka Olaide, Dr Bolakale Saliu, Khadijat Alao, Abdulrasheed Lafia Ibrahim and Abdulkareem Olayiwola Ayinde.
Ajakaye said the setting up of the committee followed Federal Government’s directives of April 1 that prison decongestion be carried out urgently as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
He said the Council is to advise the Governor on the exercise of the prerogative of mercy conferred upon him by Section 212 of the Nigerian Constitution.
Ajakaye further stated that the categories of inmates to be considered in the prerogative of mercy include inmates with option of fine not exceeding N50,000 and those with minor offences and having no pending cases; convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve out their term; inmates of 60 years and above; inmates suffering from mental health issue with medical report attached; convicted women and those having children in custody; and convicts who have spent 75% of their remaining sentence after remission.