Covid-19: Delta Govt. Grants Amnesty To 150 Convicts (Read Details)

The Delta Government has granted amnesty to 150 convicts in the custodial centres of the Nigerian Correctional Services across the state as part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Mr Timothy Agbaragu, the Public Relations Officer, Delta State High Court, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Asaba.

Agbaragu said the amnesty was granted by the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro.

He said 49 inmates were released from Warri Custodial Center, 46 from Agbor Custodial Centre, 27 from Ogwashi-Uku Custodial Centre while 25 and three were pardoned at Kwale and Sapele Custodial Centres, respectively.

Umukoro, while adressing the pardoned convicts, cautioned them not to return to crime, saying that their release did not obliterate their criminal records.

The CJ told them that while the pardon freed them from legal disabilities as citizens of Nigeria, such mercy did not erase the fact that they were ex-convicts.

He enjoined the beneficiaries of the Governor’s prerogative of mercy to sit at home in strict adherence to government order geared toward curbing the spread of COVID-19.

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