Okowa Frees 5 Prisioners
The Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa,
has approved the grant of total pardon to 5 inmates who were serving
various terms of imprisonment and commuted 30 others on death row to
life imprisonment in the exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy under
Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria (as amended).
A statement released from the Office of the Honourable
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor
stated that the Governor acted pursuant to powers vested on him in
exercise of his powers of prerogative of mercy in the spirit of the
Easter celebration and took into considerations the several
international and local pleas including those from Amnesty
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice explained that the
Governor acted in accordance to his constitutional powers based on the
recommendations of the 7-Man Advisory Council on the Prerogative of
Mercy headed by Chief Patrick Okpakpor that was inaugurated by the
Delta Governor on 30th March, 2017.
According to the statement, the Governor approved the grant of full
pardon to the following inmates and ordered their immediate release;
Livinus Ugwu (M) who was sentenced to 20 years, Enebeli Dike (M), a
condemned convict, Orji Pascal (M), serving a 10 year jail term, Moses
Agedah who was also on death row and Martins Ishiekwene, a prisoner
sentenced to death on the 30th of November, 1998.
The 30 inmates whose sentences were commuted by the Governor were all
death row inmates, sentenced to death by hanging.
The statement further stated that the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s
administration was irrevocably committed to better the lives of the
people including prisoners as the Government has come out with various
rehabilitation programmes through skill acquisitions, trainings and
other empowerment programmes geared towards their reintegration back
Furthermore, the Prison Authorities have been advised appropriately
in the warrants of pardon signed by His Excellency, the Governor, to
immediately effect the warrants of release and commutal respectively.