Outgoing Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole Friday marked his last days in office by commuting four death row inmates to life imprisonment, The inmates whose names were not made available as at press time had served over 25 years waiting for the hangman.
Oshiomhole disclosed this at a thanksgiving mass in response to call by the Archbishop of Benin Diocese, Obiora Akubeze, on Oshiomhole to forgive those that offended him.
Oshiomhole said he believed the four inmates have suffered enough but they need to remain in prison to know that murder is not fun.
He said he acted in line with the advice of the Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.
Governor Oshiomhole also granted pardon to two persons, a boy and a girl who impersonated the governor and his wife, Iara, on facebook in 2011
Both of them were arrested and the boy was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after confessing to the crime while the trial of the girl is still on.
Oshiomhole said he has ordered the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Henry Idahagbon to sign the necessary documents and get the boy released from prison.
He promised to send both of them back to school and make them become better citizens.
Governor Oshiomhole however refused to forgive the now deposed Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anslem Eidenojie 11.
Oshiomhole said those seeking forgiveness must confess their sins and he would not allow a situation where the suspended Monarch asked his victim to apologize.
He said to forgive everyone is to compromise on corruption.