Former Governors of Plateau and Taraba states, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame have been released from Kuje Prison where they were serving various jail terms for sundry offenses as governors.
Three others whose identities could not be immediately ascertained were also released from Suleja Prison in Niger State.
Spokesman of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Humphrey Chukwuedo when contacted confirmed the release of both men.
Asked why they were not released since April, the spokesman said the Service could not just release them based on verbal pronouncements.
“There was a process of documentation when they came. We received certain written instructions to that effect. So, we could not just release them without also receiving written instructions to the effect. It is a procedure”, he stated.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had in April told journalists that the council approved 159 out of 162 applications presented for consideration for the prerogative of mercy for convicts and inmates in prisons.
He however added that the council rejected a proposal to grant pardon to one of the prisoners sentenced to 120 years for theft of over N25bn, even though the pardon was sought on health grounds.