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The Lagos State Government has approved the release of 56 inmates from various correctional Centres and pardoned comic actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
According to the statement signed on Friday, the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, wrote that the couple was granted pardon because they were non-custodial criminals.
Read the statement below;
“A statement signed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the statement read in part.
“The 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of the offense, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
“The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime”.
The eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.
Akindele and her husband were arrested for organizing a birthday party in their Amen estate residence on Saturday, April 5th despite the restriction of movement order and social distance order in the state.
They were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate court in Ogba on April 6 for breaching the Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) which prescribes a jail term of one month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.
The court fined them and also ordered them to do 14 days of community service. The court also ordered them to visit 10 important public places within Lagos state to educate the public on the consequences of not complying with restriction orders imposed by the government.