A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Jibrin Okutepa, has faulted the presidential pardon granted to former governors of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye; and Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame.

The lawyer noted that he wept after hearing that Dariye and Nyame were pardoned.

The National Council of State had on Thursday endorsed the pardon of Dariye, Nyame and 157 other convicts following the recommendation of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.

The 12-member committee, inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2018 is headed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Dariye and Nyame were jailed for stealing N1.16 billion and N1.6billion, respectively.

Okutepa wondered why the President granted the pardon despite his lamentions that corruption is affecting Nigeria’s growth.

Credit: Punch