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Nigeria @57: Obiano Commutes 8 Death-row Inmates to Life

GovernorWillie Obiano has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentences of eight prisoners in exercise of his right to prerogative of mercy as part of his independence package to NdiAnambra. The convicts who have been in prison for 19 years, would now be granted freedom upon completion of the 12 year term for life imprisonment. This was disclosed at a Eucharistic mass held at St Mathew's Catholic Church, Akpu in Orumba South Council Area. The Governor revealed that 12 other prisoners serving various sentences would have their sentences reduced while some would be granted amnesty.
The governor further revealed that his administration will construct a classroom block as well as provide a 16-seater bus to the Father Tansi Memorial Secondary School, owned by the parish while the vandalised power facilities in the community will be repaired.
He appealed to people of Akpu community to continue to support his administration to sustain its developmental strides in the state, assuring them that he is committed to pursuing programmes that will make meaningful impact on the lives of the people.
In a homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev PaulinusEzeokafor said that what was important in the life of any Christian was to strive to do good works and keep God's commandment to love and urged them through their actions, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He commended the governor for his interventions in addressing the erosion challenges at the Retreat Centre, Okpuno and providing access road to Peter University, Achina/Onneh and appealed for more support towards the Diocesan developmental projects.

On the 57th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, the Catholic Prelate acknowledged that the country is presently experiencing difficult times due to so much marginalization and bad leadership, and said now is the time for the leaders to start getting things right by doing things that promote equity and justice among the various ethnic groups. The event featured special rendition by students of Father Tansi Memorial School on the biography of the governor. 


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