Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya has pardoned 31 prisoners and commute the death penalty passed on one other convict to 21 years’ imprisonment.
The convicts got clemency from the governor’s power on prerogative of mercy under Section 212(1) of the 1999 Constitution, sequel to recommendation by the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Zubair Umar.
The Council had received 71 applications by convicts serving sentences in Gombe Medium Security and other Custodial Centres at Bajoga, Billiri, Cham and Tula.
The Council took into consideration the old age of applicants, 50 years and above), young persons, 16 years and below, and persons serving 3 years and above with less than 6 months to serve with a record of good behaviour.
Others are persons suffering from terminal illness and those serving long term sentences and have served more than 10 years and have record of good behaviour.