Four inmates in Plateau State whose names were revealed as Obinna John, Sagir Mukaila, Teryile Ishi and Daniel Honok have been granted total freedom.
Naija News reports that their freedom was announced on Friday, October 1 when the nation is marking its 61st Independence anniversary.
Declaring their total freedom while speaking at the 61st Independence Day parade held at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos, the state capital, the state governor, Solomon Lalong said the pardons were granted for reasons of good conduct by the prisoners with effect from the different dates of their sentences.
He said, “In the spirit of the 61st Independence Anniversary and in the exercise of the powers conferred on me as Governor in Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended), after due consultation with the State Advisory Council on Prerogative Of Mercy, I have granted absolute pardon to four prisoners serving jail terms having been convicted for various offences.”
Meanwhile, about 700 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Metaphitamin, Rophinol, Exol and many others have been recovered from some drug traffickers in Imo State.
Naija News reports that the State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), confirmed during a press briefing in Owerri, that it arrested the suspected drug lords in 2021.
The agency had arrested one hundred and ten of the suspects in the state within the period of one year.
Lamenting how many youths of the State have gotten themselves into various stages of drug abuse, NDLEA Commander, Nse Jack, during the address noted that the high number of hotels in the State served as convergent points for the drug takers.
He urged the hoteliers to put measures in place to prevent the use of their premises for illicit drug businesses because failure to do that will make them culpable. According to the commandant, the last time the UNO conducted research on drug abuse in Nigeria in 2018, Imo State had the highest prevalence among states in the South East.