At least 287 prisoners in Niger State have reasons to be happy on a day that Nigeria is marking its 58th Independence Day Anniversary.

They received unconditional pardon of different categories from the Governor Abubakar Bello, as part of the state's way of making the 2018 Independence Day memorable.

Four of the inmates pardoned were on death row while two others were remanded in prison.

He also commuted the death sentence of 20 inmates to various terms of imprisonment, discharged 40 others and ordered payment of fines for 221 convicts held in various prisons across the state.

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A statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Ndace, quoted the governor as saying that “the gesture was in the spirit of the season”.

He directed the Attorney General of the state and the state Council on Prerogative of Mercy to effect immediate implementation of the pardon.

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The Governor reiterated that his administration would continue to ensure the progress and development of the state in line with the visions of the nationalists who fought for liberation and sovereignty of the country.

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