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Independence anniversary: Edo Government Pardon 70 prisoners

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As part of activities to mark Nigeria independence celebration, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, has approved the release of 70 inmates from various prisons across the state.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Benin on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie.

According to the statement, the 70 inmates to be released had been in prison for a considerable time.

While some of them had been in such condition for not less than two years without trial.

The Governor said that the reason for their release was a step toward improving the justice delivery system in the state and to reduce the number of awaiting-trial inmates by 50 per cent.

It is also part of the Federal Government’s policy aimed at de-congesting prisons.

He, however, stated that the inmates would be ‘’sternly cautioned’’ to stay away from crime before they could be let go.

NAN reports that the governor attended church service at the Christ Embassy Zonal Headquarters, Benin to mark the independence anniversary.

At the occasion, the governor urged Nigerians to be grateful for the opportunity to co-exist peacefully for 57 years.

The governor said: “We are united as a nation and poised for greatness.

“As a country, we are endowed, the problem is not Nigeria, we only need to change our attitude as a people and the nation will certainly grow and develop and our people will prosper.”

He further advised being much more productive to enable them get ahead in the new dispensation, stressing that the era of easy oil money was over.

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Obaseki also called on the leaders in all spheres of society to go back to their communities and organise their people into various activities toward spurring the country to greatness.

The Head of the church, Pastor Moses Olayemi, called on Nigerians to always have positive thoughts toward the country and themselves, no matter how challenging their circumstances might be.


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