By Esther Eugene, Warri
Niger Delta activist and Ace Publisher of Daily Watch online newspapar, Mr. Cletus Opukeme has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Justice and Attoney General of the federation Abubarkar Mallami to revisit the presidential pardon granted on Edmund Ebiware and 159 inmates to allow them rejoin with their families which they have been separated long ago.
Opukeme in a press release signed Thursday, said ” President Muhammadu Buhari has done well by granting federal government proregative of Mercy on Mr. Edmund Ebiware and others through a recommendation by a 12-man presidential committee headed by Attoney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubarka Mallami Ref N0: PACPM 2021, first phase, dated Thursday, September 2021”
The recommendation by the presidential committee was granted by Mr. President in last two months and there was jubilation in the various affected families across the nation. But to our surprise, Mr. Edmund Ebiware and others who were duly pardoned by Mr. President are still behind bars, dashing the hopes and joy of both the freed inmates and their family members.” He said.
The ace publisher however thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the good work by releasing some of the prison immates who have served several years in detention. But wondered why after Presidential pardon has been granted why prison officials decide not to allow them rejoin with their various families.
Opukeme urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Attoney General of the federation Abubarka Mallami to revisit the matter and allow the freed prisoners enjoy their freedom.