List of jailed top politicians granted amnesty
President Muhammadu Buhari has granted presidential pardon to the following five convicted persons: 1. The Late Prof Ambrose Alli 2. The Late Chief Anthony Enahoro 3. Ex Lt. Col. Moses Effiong 4. Major E.J. Olanrewaju 5. Ajayi Olusola Babalola “Prof Alli was the Governor of the old Bendel State in the Second Republic (1978-1983) and a great progressive, while Chief Enahoro was a foremost nationalist who moved the motion for Nigeria’s independence. The President has also approved an Amnesty for 2,600 inmates in Custodial Centers across the federation. This presidential amnesty DOES NOT apply to inmates sentenced for terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, human trafficking, culpable homicide and other violent offences. “The Governors of the 36 States under whose jurisdiction the inmates were incarcerated will complete the exercise in line with our federal principle. The 2,600 beneficiaries of the Amnesty include 885 convicts who could not pay their fines totalling N21.4 million which Nigerian Government will pay on their behalf to enable them get their freedom. This Presidential Amnesty is in line with the Administration’s goal of decongesting Nigeria’s Custodial Centers, a task now given urgency by the outbreak & continued spread of #COVID19.
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