Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has granted pardon to the former Chairman of Paikoro Local Government, Alhaji Danjuma Baba and six others to mark the country’s 51st independence anniversary.
Others granted pardon by the Governor were, Umar Ahmed, Abdullahi Umar, Fidelis Chukwu, Muazu Attah, Yahaya Aliyu and Isah Mohammed.
The seven, until their pardon were serving various jail terms in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Danladi Ndayebo, stated that the action of the Governor was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 210 sub section 1 (a) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
The statement also said that the action of the governor was after due consultation with the Niger state Advisory Council on prerogative of mercy.
Governor Aliyu advised all those pardoned to integrate properly into the larger society and shun acts that could affect the peace and economic progress of the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Similarly, the Governor of Niger State, has called on compatriots to pray to God to bring an end to the nation’s challenges.
In his Independence Anniversary message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Danladi Ndayebo, Governor Aliyu said that it was gratifying that even with trials and triumphs, the nation has remained a united entity.
He also said that times might be hard but the challenges facing the nation should serve as spring board upon which we could build a Nigeria of our dreams.
The Gov said that he was convinced that the resilience of Nigerians, their bustling energies and their peerless creativity portend a glorious future for the nation.
He urged Nigerians to sustain the virtues of the country’s nationalists through political tolerance, religious harmony and selfless service to the nation, so that the labour of our heroes past would not be in vain.