The Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy has ordered the immediate release of 18 inmates serving life sentences at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison.
The order was handed over to the Nigerian Prisons Service on Thursday through the State’s Controller of Prisons, OLATUNBOSUN LADIPO.
The freed convicts include 15 males and three females serving life sentences for various offences.
Having spent more than 30 years in incarceration, the inmates were recommended for immediate release by the Council on compassionate grounds having been found to have fulfilled the very stringent conditions for their freedom.
Chairman of the Council, OYELOWO OYEWO, applauded the benevolence of the State Governor, AKINWUNMI AMBODE, in assenting to exercise the prerogative in favour of the recommended inmates.