Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has made the 2016 Independence Day celebration another to remember for three convicts who were granted amnesty and were released. Malam El-Rufai announced the pardons in his address to the residents of Kaduna State to mark the country’s 56thIndependence anniversary. This follows recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.

“As is customary, we mark this day of liberation with a gesture of compassion,” the governor said. “Following recommendations from the Advisory Council, I have therefore approved the release of three prisoners based on guidelines which include the convicts attaining the age of 60 with good conduct and convicts suffering from ill-health likely to lead to death. I have exercised powers conferred by Section 212 of the Constitution and endorsed the release orders for three convicts.”