Fifteen inmates were on Tuesday granted state pardon from the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Oyo State.
Public Relations Officer of the state Correctional Centre, ASP Anjorin Olarewaju, disclosed this in a statement issued in Ibadan.
He noted that it was in line with the Federal Government decision to decongest the centre due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“In line with the decision of the Federal Government to decongest Correctional Centres across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has granted State pardon to 15 convicted inmates.
“Nine of the inmates were released in Agodi Custodial Centre, while the remaining six were set free in Oyo Custodial Centre.
“The Controller of Corrections Service, Oyo Command, Tosin Akinrujomu, went to the two centres’ today to release the inmates after receiving the list from the governor,” Olarewaju said.
The controller congratulated the pardoned inmates and implored them to be good citizens of Nigeria.
He reminded them of the need to maintain social distancing and keep themselves safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.