Nigeria’s Independence Day of 2017 will forever be in the minds of some 70 prisoners that were set free in Edo State.

Governor Godwin Obaseki gave approval for the release of the 70 inmates from various prisons across the state as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.

A spokesman for the Governor, Crusoe Osagie, said the 70 inmates to be released had been in prisons for a considerable time.

The governor had observed that some of them had been in such condition for not less than 2 years without trial, a common situation in most Nigeria’s prisons.

Obaseki said the order for the release of the inmates was a step toward improving the justice delivery system in the state and to reduce the number of awaiting-trial inmates by 50%.

According to him, the move is also part of the Federal Government’s policy aimed at de-congesting prisons.

He, however, stated that the inmates would be "sternly cautioned" to stay away from crime before they could be let go.

According to the governor’s aide, Obaseki also attended church service at the Christ Embassy Zonal Headquarters, Benin to mark the independence anniversary.

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At the occasion, the governor urged Nigerians to be grateful for the opportunity to co-exist peacefully for 57 years.

The governor said: “We are united as a nation and poised for greatness.

“As a country, we are endowed, the problem is not Nigeria, we only need to change our attitude as a people and the nation will certainly grow and develop and our people will prosper”.

Be much more productive, he told Nigerians, stressing that such tendencies would enable them get ahead in the new dispensation.

The era of easy oil money is over, he also warned.

Obaseki also asked leaders to go back to their communities and organise their people into various activities toward spurring the country to greatness.


The Head of the church, Pastor Moses Olayemi, in his message also advised Nigerians to always have positive thoughts toward the country and themselves, no matter how challenging their circumstances might be.

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