By John Ndu : No fewer than 13 inmates were granted Prerogative of Mercy, in line with constitutional provisions in Anambra state
They were, Mathias Umeozokwele, Livinus Ekwe, ijeoma Ike, Obinna Okonkwo, Esonwanne Henry Rotachi, Onyebuchi Okafor, Victor Ohatu, Onuegbu Makuachukwu.
Others were Chinemem Mmadueke, Victor Kalu, Jospeh Obi, Daniel Victor and Dagore Abuduulahi.
This was revealed recently at Alex Ekwueme square, Awka, in an occasion to mark the Worker’s’ Day.
Granting the Prerogative of Mercy, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano regretted that some of the inmates had not been arraigned in the court due to backlog of cases yet to be attended to.
In his words, A day like this usually calls for something special. So, I asked my Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Anali Chude who is also the Chairman, State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to come up with a list of our brothers and sisters behind bars whose cases deserve the compassion of the state.
He came up with a list of 13 people who in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 212 of the Constitution, I hereby grant amnesty in keeping with the doctrine of the Prerogative of Mercy.
The Governor noted that he would not relent in providing the basic needs and creating available opportunities to better the lives of the people, adding that workers’ welfare would continue to receive priority attention in his administration.
In his reaction, the State Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Jerry Nnubia said that workers’ welfare occupied the front burner of the present administration, which according to him was one of the reasons why the state work force bestowed on him the award of the best labour � friendly governor.
Source: Anambra State Government