In exercise of his constitutional power, the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has granted parole to eight prisoners in the state.
The prisoners who had just regained freedom were convicted with various criminal acts.
Meanwhile, the governor also converted death sentence of nine other inmates to life imprisonment.
A statement by the Secretary, Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, Mrs Joyce Omotayo Ugbodaga, on Tuesday, said the governor freed the inmates in the exercise of the prerogative of mercy in line with the recommendation of the council.
She added that the action was in exercise of powers conferred on the governor under section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.
Meanwhile, governor Obaseki implored the released inmate to take advantage of their release to turn a new leaf, living a crime-free life.
The freed inmates included: Abu Dennis Ulubeka, Tirimisiyu Adebayo, Tajudeen Fabiyi, Olufemi Ajayi, Charles Omowunmi, Kalu Ojeh, Mattew Idoko, and Robinson James.
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