The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has granted state pardon to Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, and her husband, Abdulrasheed, and approved the release of 56 inmates from various correctional centres in the state.
Akindele-Bello and her husband were both non-custodial convicts for offences related to the disobedience of the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
This was made known in a statement signed by the State Attorney-General (A-G) and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.
The A-G stated that Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The 56 released inmates were also recommended by the Advisory Council for a pardon after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of the offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
The A-G also enjoined the beneficiaries of the prerogative of mercy to be good citizens and stay away from crime. The eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by a medical doctor, Dr Abayomi Finnih, was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu on Dec. 16, 2019.