The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has granted varying levels of pardon to no fewer than 71 convicted prisoners.
This, according to Obiano’s Media Team, is aimed at marking the 2018 New Year celebrations.
Of the number, 58 of them had been serving various jail terms for criminal offences that include stealing, assault, arson, malicious damages, kidnapping, rape and fraud.
The convicts are to be released immediately as directed by Gov. Obiano.
According to Anambra State Government statement, the Anambra State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy made the recommendations in writing to Gov. Obiano.
Some of the pardoned include, eight murder convicts, whose sentences have been commuted to life, with two recommended for psychiatric homes.
Two of such offenders had spent 14 years each, one spent 10 years, two, nine years each, while one had spent five and another two spent three years each.
The convicts were among prisoners serving various jail terms at various Federal Prisons at Awka, Aguata, Onitsha and Nnewi.
The convicts, who received reprieve, also include four others, two of who were murder convicts and two convicts of armed robbery, currently serving their terms at the Enugu Prisons.
While three are to be released, one has his 21 year-term commuted to 10 year prison sentence.
However, one Chukwuma Chukwunwike convicted of manslaughter, and whose sentence is for life jail, has now been commuted to 21-year jail-term.