Francis Adebisi, controller of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) in Lagos state, has acknowledged that inmates convicted for the defilement of minors and different rape instances is not going to be thought-about for presidential pardon.
Speaking on Tuesday, October 26, he mentioned the presidential advisory committee on prerogative of mercy (PACPM) had began evaluation of inmates in Lagos, excluding these concerned in rape instances particularly the defilement of minors.
He added that 300 inmates can be scrutinised within the state, whereas 80 will likely be thought-about for pardon.
“The pardon, however, will depend on whether the inmates under consideration will meet the criteria,” he mentioned to News Agency of Nigeria.
“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.”
He revealed that the train would improve the decongestion of custodial centres within 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,” he added.
“I am also using this opportunity to thank the committee and our passionate partners in the exercise, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state; Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior; and the controller-general of NCoS.”