In the spirit of Easter celebration, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the grant of pardon of five inmates serving various terms of imprisonment and commuting of thirty others on death row to life imprisonment.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor said in a statement that the Governor acted in accordance with his constitutional powers based on the recommendations of the seven-Man Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy headed by Chief Patrick Okpakpor.
Meanwhile, five judges have been sworn in into the Delta State Judiciary at the ceremony in Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the judges were appointed and screened in line with laid down procedures on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.
The governor urged the judges to ensure that the courts in the state were decongested through speedy dispensation of justice.
He stressed the need for judges to guard against frivolous use of injunctions and frequent adjournment of cases.
Governor Okowa said five new judicial divisions had been created in Umunede, Ekpan, Agbarho, Koko and Abraka to enhance legal services delivery.
The judges sworn in were Justice Celestina Idise, Justice Egwu Joe, Justice Okorodas Anthony, Justice Ideh Blessing and Justice Edun Ajueyitsi.
Sam Erhunmwunsee/ FRCN Asaba