Prisoners convicted of r*pe and defilement of minors will not be considered for presidential pardon, controller of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) in Lagos state, Francis Adebisi, has disclosed.
Speaking on Tuesday, October 26, he said the presidential advisory committee on the prerogative of mercy (PACPM) had started assessment of inmates in Lagos, excluding those involved in rape cases especially the defilement of minors.
He added that 300 inmates would be scrutinised in the state, while 80 will be considered for pardon.
“The pardon, however, will depend on whether the inmates under consideration will meet the criteria,” he said 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 exercise 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,” 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.”