By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Â FOUR ex-militants standing trial at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have urged the Federal Government to order their release, as they were arrested for an offence allegedly committed before the presidential amnesty granted repentant militants in the country. Â
The ex-militants, who spoke through their Counsel, Alhaji Fatai Aremu Osho (SAN), pleaded for governmentâ€™s intervention.
â€œIf you look at the back of the card that was given to each and every one of them, it says in pursuant to section 175 of the constitution. And that section deals with the prerogative of mercy.
â€œWhat are the terms of the prerogative of mercy in this particular case? If you grant them amnesty, can they be arraigned in court for offences they allegedly committed before they embraced the amnesty of the Federal Government? That is what we are fighting for.
â€œIf you look at the ID card given to them by the committee, the amnesty started on the 14 August, and the whole thing ended on 4 October. So, the presumption of the law is that whatever they might have committed prior to that October, they have been pardoned for that.
â€œSo, there is no need for anybody to chase them around.â€