Francis Adebisi, the controller of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) in Lagos state, states that there will be no consideration of Presidential pardon for inmates whose conviction is the defilement of minors and other rape cases.
Speaking on Tuesday, October 26, he said the presidential advisory committee on the prerogative of mercy (PACPM)
had started assessment of inmates in Lagos, excluding those involved in rape cases especially the defilement of minors.
He adds that there will be consideration of 80 inmates for the pardon and a scrutinization of 300 inmates in the state.
“The pardon, however, will depend on whether the inmates under consideration will meet the criteria,” he said.
“The criteria include critical illness, old age, and more than 10 years in custody, among others. But any inmate involved in defilement or rape case will not be scrutinized or considered.”
Francis Adebisi revealed that the exercise would enhance the decongestion of custodial centers in the state.
Furthermore, he said the construction of the custodial center in Ikoyi is to accommodate only 800 inmates but presently has over 2,500 inmates there.
“I am also using this opportunity to thank the committee and our passionate partners in the exercise, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state; Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior; and the controller-general of NCoS.”
By Taiyelolu A