Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, has exercised his power of prerogative of mercy over a woman and her children, who have remained in custody as a result of their inability to meet bail terms.
The inmate at the Abakiliki prisons, is said to have been remanded for stealing Cocoyam worth N400 and has remained in custody for an unascertained period of time.
It is reported that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Ebonyi State Chapter had visited the prisons where they discovered the woman and heard her story. Having briefed the Governor, he immediately ordered the release of the woman.
The Chairman of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) on behalf of the Committee applauded the benevolence of the governor and stated that this singular act portrays His excellency as a Human Rights Activist.
He urged the Governor to direct the Committee for prerogative of Mercy to look into cases of insane and mentally unbalanced inmates as well.
Written by Okolo Ezinne