Osun Gov  To Issue Executive Order Pardoning Unjustly Incarcerated Women

Ademola Adeleke, the Governor of Osun State, has announced plans to issue an executive order pardoning all women unjustly incarcerated in the state.

In a statement released by Olawale Rasheed, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Adeleke made this declaration following extensive intergovernmental discussions between the Osun government and the Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja.

Adeleke emphasized that he had instructed the state’s Commissioner for Justice to draft the executive order, citing the spirit of Lent, Easter, and Ramadan as his motivation.

Furthermore, the Governor disclosed that the Justice Ministry would compile a comprehensive list of affected women from across the state to be granted executive pardon.

The statement also outlined Adeleke’s directive for the immediate implementation of the resolution made by the Nigerian Governors Forum.

 This resolution entails the establishment of Mobile Courts dedicated to addressing issues of sexual and gender-based violence, child abuse such as street begging, and the swift trial of women and children in correctional facilities.

“The Nigeria Governors Forum recognizes that these issues impact the well-being of women and children, and the forum is committed to supporting the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in proffering lasting solutions to the issues. Osun is enforcing the resolution immediately,” the statement reads.

The meeting, which witnessed the presence of dignitaries such as Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women Affairs, Titi Adeleke, the First Lady of Osun, and Lere Oyewumi, Senate Minority Leader, signifies a collaborative effort towards addressing gender-based injustices and ensuring the welfare of women and children in Osun State.


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