Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has granted state pardon to popular actress, Mrs. Funke Akindele-Bello, and her husband, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bello.
They were both non-custodial convicts for offences related to the disobedience of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
Also, the governor approved the release of 56 inmates from various correctional centres.
The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, in a statement issued on Friday, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended says the 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime.
The eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.