Thursday, August 5

Tag: Pardon

North Carolina Governor Pardons Man Imprisoned Since 1995 for two Murders he Didn’t Commit
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North Carolina Governor Pardons Man Imprisoned Since 1995 for two Murders he Didn’t Commit

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper has granted a pardon of innocence to a man who had been in prison since 1995 for two murders he didn't commit. Darryl Anthony Howard, now 59, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for the 1991 deaths of Doris Washington, 29, and her 13-year-old daughter Nishonda, as well as first-degree arson. He was sentenced to two consecutive 40-year terms.The victims also appeared to have been sexually assaulted. In 2009, Howard's attorneys tested rape kits related to the case and found new evidence that pointed to other suspects. While his sentence was thrown out in 2014, Howard remained in prison through August 2016 after DNA evidence proved he was not involved in the crimes. He has now been exonerated and freed. According to...
Owerri Jail Break: FG To Pardon Escaped Inmates, If They Voluntarily Return – Rauf Aregbesola
Politics

Owerri Jail Break: FG To Pardon Escaped Inmates, If They Voluntarily Return – Rauf Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, says the fugitives who escaped from the custodial centre in Owerri, Imo state capital, will be pardoned if they voluntarily return. The minister gave the assurance while inspecting the centre on Tuesday following an attack on the facility. He said unlawful escape from custody is a crime but assured that willful returnees will be exempted from prosecution. The minister said he will ensure that those involved in the attack are brought to book. Aregbesola said the federal government will leave no stone unturned to fish out perpetrators of what he described as a “dastardly act”. He said: “Unlawful escape from custody is a crime but government in its magnanimity will grant amnesty to prisoners who willfully return. “They will no longe...
No Pardon For Rapists – Sanwo-Olu
Crime

No Pardon For Rapists – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said no offender indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence will go scot-free under his watch. The governor spoke on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, to give recommendations on how the fight against the crime can be won. Sanwo-Olu, who is the incident commander for gender-based violence in Lagos, reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated. The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our...
I Will Pardon Someone ‘Very, Very Important’ Today – Donald Trump Says
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I Will Pardon Someone ‘Very, Very Important’ Today – Donald Trump Says

US President, Donald Trump has said he will pardon someone who is “very, very important” on Tuesday, August 18. Trump made the announcement on Monday night, August 17, while speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One. He didn’t identify who the person was but added it would not be leaker Edward Snowden or former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Doing a pardon tomorrow on someone who is very, very important," Trump told reporters on Air Force One. He declined to offer further details except to say it was not Flynn nor Snowden. Trump on Saturday, August 15, said he’d look “very strongly” at pardoning Snowden, who’s accused of espionage and theft of government property for leaking troves of National Security Agency information. Meanwhile, ...
“Why Did Govt Refuse To Pardon Funke Like Other Defaulters?” – Uche Maduagwu Asks
Celebs

“Why Did Govt Refuse To Pardon Funke Like Other Defaulters?” – Uche Maduagwu Asks

Nigerian social media critic and actor, Uche Maduagwu has thrown imperative question at Lagos State government over the unusual process with which it carried out in penalizing actress, Funke Akindele after she was found guilty of flouting lockdown and social distancing order in Lagos. In his recent Instagram post, Uche noted that an answer is required to big question why other defaulters weren’t penalized or punished like was done to Funke. And possibly, the actor thought it was because a prominent politician, (Bola Tinubu) was involved. In view of that, he continues that Lagosians are not guinea pigs and as such shouldn’t be subjected to a lockdown without adequate relief materials to ease off the pain of not having to go about their daily businesses. Again, Uche emphasized o...
Nigerian Government Ignores El-Zakzaky, To Pardon Orji Kalu, Other Ex-Governors Jailed For Stealing Public Funds
Politics

Nigerian Government Ignores El-Zakzaky, To Pardon Orji Kalu, Other Ex-Governors Jailed For Stealing Public Funds

The Nigerian Government appears to have ignored leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in its latest pardon of prisoners in the country. On Thursday, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said government was freeing 2,600 inmates in various prisons in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. According to Aregbesola, inmates including those from 60 years and above, especially those suffering from ill-health likely to end in death, serving at least three years and have less than six months to serve, persons with mental issues, and with options of fine not exceeding N50,000, are among those to be considered for the state pardon. “This amnesty will not apply to inmates sentenced for violent and extreme offences such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry, rape, ...
15billion fraud: Appeal court reverses Governor Tambuwal’s pardon
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15billion fraud: Appeal court reverses Governor Tambuwal’s pardon

A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto and presided over by Justice Hannatu Sankey has, in two separate appeals, voided the state pardon granted to some former officials of the state who were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at the Sokoto state High Court.   Delivering the lead judgments in the two appeals filed by the EFCC against Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi (former SSG) and Isa Sadiq Achida, Justice Sankey and Justice Ndukwe-Anyawu both held that the governor's pardon was invalid since the accused persons were still undergoing trial.   The judge further held that the accused person who had not been convicted was presumed innocent and therefore could be validly granted state pardon by the governor. Consequently,...
Alleged N15bn Fraud: Appeal Court Voids Pardon Granted Former Sokoto Officials by Tambuwal
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Alleged N15bn Fraud: Appeal Court Voids Pardon Granted Former Sokoto Officials by Tambuwal

*Orders fresh trial A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto has in two separate appeals, voided the state pardon granted by Governor Aminu Tambuwa to some former officials of the state who were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the Sokoto State High Court. The court which voided the state pardon granted the defendants, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi (former SSG), and Isa Sadiq Achida, also ordered their fresh trial in the alleged N15bn fraud proffered against them and a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa. Delivering the lead judgments in the two appeals filed by the EFCC against Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi (former SSG) and Isa Sadiq Achida, both Justices Hannatu Sankey and Ndukwe-Anyawu, held tha...
Actress Rahama Sadau’s Kannywood Ban Lifted
Entertainment

Actress Rahama Sadau’s Kannywood Ban Lifted

The Actors’ Guild in Kano has commended the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, for lifting the ban on Rahama Sadau, popular female actress suspended from Kannywood for featuring in a romantic musical video. Rahama, one of the leading actresses in Hausa film industry, was expelled by the regulators of the Kannywood film industry, the Motion Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN). Her appearance in the music album by a musician “Classique,” was said to have been immoral and against the ethics of the Hausa film industry. Chairman of the Guild, Alhaji Alhassan Kwalli, said “the development was timely as stakeholders and practitioners in the Hausa movie industry are using films as a tool for national development.” A statement issued by Rabiu Rikadawa, Assistant Secretary of the...
RCCG Pastor Who Stabbed And Killed His Wife Begs Gov Ambode For Pardon
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RCCG Pastor Who Stabbed And Killed His Wife Begs Gov Ambode For Pardon

Akolade Arowolo, a youth pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who killed his banker wife, Titilayo, with 73 other inmates of the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, yesterday, sought pardon under the Lagos State Prerogative on Mercy conferred on the Governor, claiming they are reformed and should be pardoned. Akolade, who was sentenced to death by an Ikeja high court three years ago after he was found guilty of his wife’s murder on June 24, 2011, was seen in prison, pleading that he needs another chance to right his wrongs. His pleading came as the Committee on Prerogative on Mercy said that the state will not fail to exercise its prerogative on prisoners, who proved to be reformed. Arowolo was among 74 prisoners called out by the committee, led by Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, set up by...

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