Governor Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa state has ordered the release of 33 prisoners serving various jail terms in prisons across the state to commemorate the 2018 Democracy Day.
This was after he stated that the state will not be celebrating the national event in a big way because of the sad mood it has found itself.
“Although it will have been appropriate for us to roll out the drums and celebrate Democracy Day in a big way, but the mood of our state will not allow that.
“We are faced with few challenges related to safety and security which require us to reflect and feel some of the pains our people are facing,” the governor had said in a broadcast.
But a statement signed on Tuesday by the State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, announced the freeing of the prisoners, disclosing that the beneficiaries were from five prisons in the state.
“His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Sen. Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow, acting on the advice of the Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, and in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 212 (I) (d) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, has ordered the release of 33 reformed prisoners in commemoration of the 2018 Democracy Day.
“The release is to take effect immediately and all other legal formalities have been concluded with the Nigeria Prison Service,” the statement read.
A breakdown of the prisoners showed that all of them are males, and comprised 14 from Yola Prison, nine from Jada Prison, six from Mubi Prison, three from Numan Prison, with one from Jimeta Prison.