Nine convicts, three of them on death row, have been granted freedom by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Six others, who benefitted from the power of prerogative of mercy of the governor, were serving life imprisonment for various offences.
A statement signed by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, indicated that the governor’s decision to grant the convicts freedom was based on the advice of the State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has discharged and acquitted one Ganiyu Wahab, who had spent 11 years on death row.
Wahab was arraigned for murder at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, and subsequently sentenced to death on July 2, 2007.
He was accused of killing one Kolawole Lateef Alaran on January 23, 2005 by stabbing him with a broken bottle in the Agboyi area of Lagos.
He was discharged following an appeal against his conviction by the Legal Defence and Assistance […]