Tuesday 28th March, 2017
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Gov. pardons 64 year-old inmate ....After 25 years in prison

 Gov. pardons 64 year-old inmate ....After 25 years in prison

Akwa Ibom State Gover­nor, Udom Emmanuel, has granted amnesty to a 64-year-old inmate of Me­dium Security Prisons, Ikot Ekpene, Mr. Okon Sunday Akpan, of Etinan Local Gov­ernment Area, having spent 25 years, 28 days in the prison.
Governor Emmanuel, in company of the State Chief Judge, Justice Stephen Okon, and members of his cabinet, pardoned the prisoner under the Prerogative of Mercy Act, and charged the beneficiary to ‘go and sin no more.’
He also harped on the need for proper upbringing of chil­dren by parents through sound moral guidance to enable them become useful citizens in the society.
The Governor who was on a working visit to the Ikot Ek­pene Prisons, frowned at the slow dispensation of justice by the judiciary officials, and em­phasized the need for speedy dispensation of justice to save the prisons from congestion, particularly those being in­carcerated as awaiting trail in­mates.
He said that the programmes of his administration were de­signed to engage youths mean­ingfully in vocational skills as a way of reducing criminality.
He declared that Akwa Ibom people were known for disci­pline and hard work and used the occasion to advise youths to shun the temptation of go­ing into criminality.
In an emotion-laden tone, Governor Emmanuel advised the prison inmates to show genuine repentance, stating that remorsefulness is not re­pentance.
He assured them that those whom the prison officials have found to have repented from their initial behaviour would be granted pardon.
He advised Sunday Akpan to turn a new leaf and let go his nick-name ‘Ikenga’, explain­ing that the name might have pushed him to his predicament.
The Governor directed the Health Commissioner, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, to facilitate medical access to two pregnant inmates and announced the do­nation of 100 bags of rice and three cows to all the inmates.
Earlier, the Comptroller of Prisons, Akwa Ibom State Command, Dr. Regina Akpan, expressed appreciation to the Governor on his benevolent disposition towards people in the prison custody and de­scribed the Ikot Ekpene Prisons as the best in Africa.
She said that the correctional facility accommodates 583 in­mates of which 545 are males, while 38 are females

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