Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu pardoned ace Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello who were both convicted for non-custodial offences related to the disobedience of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
Similarly the Governor also granted pardon to 56 inmates from various correctional Centres across the State.
A statement signed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.
The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime.
The eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.