The federal government has said there will be no presidential pardons for prison inmates convicted of rape in Lagos.
Specifically, Francis Adebisi, the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) controller in Lagos, said inmates involved in defilement of minors and other rape cases would not be considered for a presidential pardon.
The controller stated this on Tuesday in Lagos.
He confirmed that the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy had started assessing inmates in Lagos for freedom under the prerogative mercy of the president.
Mr Adebisi, however, said inmates involved in rape cases, especially the defilement of minors, would not benefit from such pardon, hence they were excluded from the assessment.
He added that 300 inmates would be scrutinised in the state, while only 80 would be considered for a pardon.
“The pardon, however, will depend on whether the inmates under consideration will meet the criteria,” Mr Adebisi added. “The criteria include critical illness, old age and more than 10 years in custody, among others. But any inmate involved in defilement or rape case will not be scrutinised or considered.”
On the importance of the exercise, he said it would enhance the decongestion of custodial centres in the state.
“For instance, the custodial centre in Ikoyi was constructed to accommodate only 800 inmates, but as we speak, there are over 2,500 inmates there,” explained Mr Adebisi. “I am using this opportunity to thank the committee and our passionate partners in the exercise. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and controller-general of NCos, among others.”