By Godwin Ojoshimite
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, has ordered the release of some prisoners who are currently serving jail terms in the state.
The governor made the pronouncement on the occasion of Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary and the 17th celebration of the state’s creation.
“In the spirit of this twin celebration and based on the powers conferred on me by section 212 sub section 1a – d of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) I will today free some inmates serving various prison terms in the state,” he said.
He urged those that will benefit from this prerogative of mercy to rejoin the society and contribute their own quota towards development.
Almakura said the list of those to benefit from this clemency would be released in a short while.
He also seized the opportunity to preach peace to the people of Nasarawa state who have been engaged in various communal clashes.
According to him, the state cannot grow in the atmosphere of rancor, hatred and skirmishes.