COVID-19: Akwa-Ibom Grants Amnesty to 68 Prison Inmates
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel today 29th of April, 2020 granted amnesty to 68 deserving Inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Akwa Ibom State Command. This is part of the measures taken by His Excellency, to decongest the correctional facilities across the State during this COVID-19 pandemic. A breakdown of the amnesty in each Custodial Centre; Uyo Custodial Centre: 22, Ikot Ekpene Custodial Centre: 17, Eket Custodial Centre: 17 and Ikot Abasi Custodial Centre: 12.
While addressing the released inmates, the State Commissioner for Justice/ Attorney General, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko who represented His Excellency, said that based on the recommendation from the Nigerian Correctional Service, His Excellency has graciously pardoned these 68 Inmates in four Custodial Centres across the State. He admonished the released Inmates to be of good conduct and they should never go back to crime.
The Controller of Corrections, Alex Oditah appreciated the Governor for his magnanimity towards the downtrodden in the society. He also appealed to the Governor to make this amnesty a continuous exercise as it will help the Service in reformation and rehabilitation of these Inmates while in Custody.
Some of the released Inmates, expressed their gratitude to His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel, the Controller General of Corrections, Ja’faru Ahmed and the Controller of Corrections, Akwa Ibom State Command for the privilege to be part of this amnesty. They promised to exhibit good conduct and to engage themselves in skills learnt while in Custody.
ASC Ogbajie Ogbajie
Public Relations Officer
For: Controller of Corrections
Nigerian Correctional Service Akwa Ibom State Command