Governor Oshiomole said that the prisoners, Monday Odu who was sentenced to death for conspiracy and murder and Calistus Nkem sentenced for conspiracy and armed robbery were granted amnesty because they did not take the life of their victims.
The Governor also commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence of two others: Tijani Mustapha and Zubem Abduramma, who were both convicted for conspiracy and armed robbery.
Speaking after granting amnesty to Odu and Ikem, Oshiomole said: You have be condemned to detath for murder but we have exercised e prerogative of mercy to release you from prison for the offence believing you have learnt our lesson. You can still be useful to the society and useful to yourself.”
Addressing 32-year-old Odu who was convicted in 1997, Oshiomole said, “We are letting you off the hook to go and sin no more. We will find a way to find a job for you under the Edo Youth Employment Scheme. You have no reason to return to crime and that means if you do anything again, you are completely on your own.”
52-year-old Calistus Ikem was promised N200,000 by the government to start his life over. “I hope you will be able to make something positive out of this your present condition,” the Governor said.