Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has granted pardon to six inmates who are serving life imprisonment imposed on them upon conviction by a Court of Law.
A statement issued by state attorney-general and commissioner for Justice, Emma Aguma, in Port Harcourt, yesterday, also stated that the governor granted pardon to three condemned criminals, who were awaiting execution in Port Harcourt Prisons, in pursuant to the powers conferred on him by section 212 (1) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
The statement gave the names of the those on life imprisonment who were pardoned as Chukwuemeka O. Emeka, Akara Etteh, Emmanuel Ihenebiri, Samuel Amadi, Sgt. James Mordi and Tochukwu Chukwu.
The three condemned criminals who were pardoned include; Goddy David Faghawari, Kendu Uffort, and Emmanuel David Ekanem.
The statement reads in part, “His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, the Governor of Rivers State has, upon the advise of the Rivers State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy and pursuant to the powers conferred on him by section 212 (1) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, has granted a reprieve to the convicts listed below by substituting the terms of imprisonment already served by them for the sentences of either life imprisonment or death imposed on them upon conviction by a Court of Law:
“The Comptroller of Prisons, Port Harcourt is authorized and commanded to, upon the receipt of the Instrument signed under the hand of His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, the Governor of Rivers State on the 1st day of October 2016, to discharge the above named persons from the Port Harcourt Prisons by releasing them and the said instrument shall be a sufficient warrant for so doing.”