By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Sokoto
Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto this Friday commuted death sentences of three people who were condemned to death for the offense of culpable homicide and unconditionally pardoned thirteen others.
Announcing the decision of the Governor, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Nuhu Adamu said Wamakko acted in line with Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution.
According to him, “In line with the powers conferred on the executive governors by Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution, Governor Aliyu Wamakko has granted amnesty to the following prison inmates at the Sokoto Central Prison upon recommendations by the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy,” Wamakko said adding that the gesture was to commemorate the Edil Fitr.
Those whose death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment are Isah Bala, Aminu Shehu and Tsalha Hassan.
Those that enjoyed the unconditional pardon and were, each given N3,000 are Yusuf Umar, Attahiru Yakubu, Zayyanu Abubakar, Mustapha Sule, Mamman Garba, Bashar Lawal and Wadata Muhammed.
Others are Yusuf Umar Gudan Igwai, Umar Suleiman Wurno, Bala Garba Nahoro, Salmanu Abubakar, Musa Umar and Saifullahi Sanusi.
Wamakko urged them to become better citizens in moving the society forward.Commending the Governor on behalf of the pardoned prisoners, Attahiru Yakubu thanked Governor Wamakko for the good gesture.
“We are happy and grateful for the governor’s kind gesture. This serves as a lesson to us and we promise to become better citizens.”
It is to be noted that traditionally, though amnesty is usually granted to prisoners during Independence celebrations, in his quest to decongest prisons, Wamakko decided to exercise his powers during this period.