Gov Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has announced the release of 25 prisoners and reduction of the sentence for nine others.

The governor made the disclosure in his message to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, on Thursday in Kaduna.

“As we mark the diamond jubilee of our country’s freedom, it is customary that we extend a gesture of mercy to some persons that are serving their sentence in prisons within Kaduna State.

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“I have exercised powers vested by Section 212 of the Constitution and accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy to commute the sentences of 34 convicts.

“Based on this decision, 25 convicts are to be released, while others have had their sentences reduced, including commuttal of death sentences for some convicted armed robbers to life imprisonment.”