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Bayelsa governor grants amnesty to nine inmates

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The governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, on Tuesday has granted amnesty to nine inmate of the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Okaka.


He stated that his action was based on the Committee on Prerogative of Mercy's recommendations. Justice Kate Abiri, the state's chief judge, expressed gratitude to the governor for the gesture.


"My advice to you is to alter your behavior. To put it another way, the risk of crime and criminality must be reduced.


“I don't believe we should have our brothers and sisters crammed into this center.


“In other words, criminal proclivity and criminality must be reduced. The only way to decongest the Okaka Correctional Centre is to do so.


“No amount of jail delivery will decongest this prison if we grant amnesty and there is still a proclivity to continue in crime, he said.


The pardoned inmates were: Tombra Tiemo (m), Sunny Okpara (m), Timi Okpo (m), Ebikabowei Mokina (m) and Joy Nekekpeme (f). 

Others were Joy Victor (f), Jacob Anthony Jacob (m), Power Ekparaolaokumo (m) and Mutecliff Tobi Olori (m).






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