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Akwa Ibom Gov. Akpabio Pardons Prisoners & Donates N10 Million to Inmates

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Godswill-Akpabio-300x2691Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom has granted amnesty to eight prisoners serving various sentences in Uyo, Calabar, Ikot-Ekpene and Port Harcourt in the spirit of the New Year celebration.

Akpabio made the announcement when he visited Uyo Prisons on Friday.

He converted the death sentence of six other inmates to life imprisonment and also donated N10 million to other inmates for medical attention.

Those pardoned from Uyo, Calabar and Ikot-Ekpene Prisons were: Ofonime Udoh, Mbong Udobong, Akpan Akpan, Uweh Okon, Emmanuel Inyang, Udo Isonguyo, Bassey George and Edem Etim.

The six whose death sentence was converted to life imprisonment were Ndifreke Ekanem, Samuel Ekanem, Patrick Ekene, Oduok Jimmy, Charles Isong and Eyakeno Imoh serving in Port Harcourt Prisons.

He noted that the Nigerian Constitution empowered him to grant pardon to any prisoner in the country.

“I advise those pardoned to be of good behaviour so that they will be fully integrated into the society,” he said.

Akpabio, who decried the living conditions of the prisoners, directed the Controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Regina Akpan, to liaise with the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Emmanuel Enoidem for assistance.

Responding, Akpan thanked the governor for the various donations he had made to the prison.

Akpan also commended the state government for reforming the prisons service in the state.

“The Uyo prison is made up of 52 females, four babies and two expectant mothers in addition to 834 inmates awaiting trial.

“We plead that the state government intervenes in the provision of facilities and renovation of the Uyo Prison,” Akpan said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

11 Comments

  1. bayula

    January 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Dats great, keep on d good job

  2. Nigerian Biography

    January 4, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    This man is really a true Nigerian. Our prayer is that Akwaibom State continue to have good governors like him. His biography is really inspiring, you can read it here: nigerianbiography.com/p/blog-page_56.html

  3. ruth jones

    January 4, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    tell him to pay healthworkers and teachers for d past five months dey av nt bn paid and stop saying keep on d job

  4. NagosBigBoi

    January 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Kinda confused on how he could pardon a prisoner in another state. Is that typo?
    More importantly, there are 834 awaiting trial in Uyo prison. No mention on how they can speed up their cases or release them if there is no case. Does the nigerian constitution not guarantee them are right to speedy trial?

  5. Zoala

    January 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    He should speed up odudu case too.

  6. Leah

    January 5, 2015 at 12:11 am

    What was their crime

  7. Leah

    January 5, 2015 at 12:24 am

    What was their crimes though? In the spirit of the new year, are there no poor law abiding citizens he could have donated that money to? Like @ Ruth Jones above said, why not pay government workers whom have not been paid their salaries for a while? Death and life sentences are usually for serious crimes, why is a Governor rewarding criminals with state money?

  8. MissB

    January 5, 2015 at 1:47 am

    834 inmates AWAITING trial! What a great injustice! How can they hold 834 people without trial and for how long have these people been held in prison? So sad.

  9. Dr. N

    January 5, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    What of Odudu Ukpanah?

  10. oddy

    January 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Story this are all election drama…..they have said prisoners can vote…….

  11. KayChrist

    January 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    What of Odudu Ukpanah? Oh God arise!!!

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