Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
In a bid to implement the Administration of Criminal Justice Reform in
Ekiti State, the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has inaugurated an eight-man Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, saying he had received over 100 petitions that border on chieftaincy issues in the last four months he assumed office.
The governor equally inaugurated a seven-man Chieftaincy Review Commission to address the plethora of petitions, complaints and requests on chieftaincy matters in the state.
Inaugurating the members of the two committees in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Fayemi said the committees were critical to good governance in the state, adding that that informed the careful selection of members.
While speaking on the Chieftaincy Review Commission, the governor said his government had in less than two months after inauguration, received no fewer than 100 petitions arising from the outcome of the report of the Justice Oyewole Chieftaincy Commission.
He added that the commission became imperative in order to have a more comprehensive approach to addressing the agitations and requests.
“We received no fewer than 100 petitions, complaints and requests from many communities, and I felt it wasn’t proper for us to begin to address these chieftaincy complaints on case-by-case basis, and it will be helpful to us to have a much more comprehensive approach what became the source of complaints by many of them is the outcome of the report of Justice Oyewole Chieftaincy Commission.
“Looking into history, we were keen to look for someone who has both institutional memory and professional ability to navigate this very stormy water.
“Many of you may recall that Justice Aladejana had done this before under
Governor Otunba Niyi Adebayo and we felt it was better to bring someone who has deep knowledge of this and also of our history as a state and can handle these petitions as well as help us propose ways out of the issues raised according to the terms of reference,” he said.
Earlier, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale
Fapohunda, had said the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy is in furtherance of the governor’s powers to grant pardon to a convict, adding that section 2 of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy and other matters (2012) empowers the governor to constitute the council.