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Convicted Husband Killer Yewande Oyediran Fatoki Released By Ajimobi

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Convicted Husband Killer Yewande Oyediran Released By Ajimobi

After the controversy that trailed the clemency granted to Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer sentenced to seven years in prison for killing her husband, Lowo, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo state, Mr Seun Abimbola, has revealed why the released murder convict’s name was added to the list of those granted amnesty by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Yewande was convicted in November 2017, after being found guilty of killing her husband with a knife following a disagreement on February 2, 2016, at their residence in Akobo area of Ibadan. She had only served 2 years out of her 7 year prison sentence before being granted clemency by Governor Ajimobi, allegedly facilitated by her ‘well connected family’.

Commenting on the amnesty granted to Yewande, the former AG noted that the former Oyo State Governor had the constitutional right to grant amnesty to any convict. Debunking claims of her family’s influence inspiring the clemency, Seun disclosed that the lawyer was among the 50 people pardoned by the state on recommendation of a committee set up to look into the petitions of 400 persons, who had pleaded for clemency. The committee reportedly comprised of commissioners, officials of the Department of State Services and other government agencies.

“The issue of clemency by any government is a constitutional matter and the exercise of that power is not arbitrary. It is based on the recommendation of the committee on the prerogative of mercy.

“The committee is chaired by the attorney-general and also has DSS officers, the police, the chaplain and the chief imam of the Government House, Legal Aid Council; Director, Legal Affairs; the Solicitor-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions as members. So, it was not an arbitrary decision.

“The lady in question is just one out of 50 who were pardoned. And the 50 who were pardoned were drawn out of 400 who were considered. So, she was not singled out as some are insinuating. Even the prisons authorities brought recommendations on the good behaviour of those pardoned” he told Punch.

Seun also dispelled claims of Yewande serving only 2 years out of her 7 year jail sentence. According to him, she had already served nine months in prison which was equal to a year. The former AG maintained that the freed convict had already served half of her sentence, as her prison time was counted from the day she was detained.

“She was arrested in 2016 and her sentence started reading from the day she was arrested. A year in prison is nine months. She was not convicted of murder but of manslaughter. It was a fight between a husband and a wife, which resulted in death.

“People should stop saying she killed her husband as if it was premeditated. The amnesty was not a secret one. We did it every May 29 and even the new governor pardoned convicts on June 12″ he added.



  1. uzoma

    July 22, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    She is one of you the judiciary. Would you have pardoned her if she were not a lawyer and from a well connected family? Are there not other people still in prison for manslaughter and have served and still serving jail time? The husband’s people should know what to do.

  2. Metu Nyetu

    July 22, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    ANYBODY ON WHOM SOME AUTHORITY IS vested could use it, abuse it, misuse it or overuse it, and still defend all his actions. Those hurt by this could scream blue murder and hope to God that something happens. The deed has been done, and everything about it was in line with the law. That’s why sometimes I hate this thing called law. Justice is subjective. Justice is about knowing the law and twisting it to work for you. This is what they do in the court, in the legislative chambers, and in the offices of the executives.

  3. Ace

    July 23, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Uzoma, and Mentu you have both said my mind. Clemency indeed!
    Lowo’s family, please take heart. I know that devilish lady will know no rest for the rest of her life, human blood is flowing in her trail. How can she use knife on someone, and it is claimed as “husband and wife” fight.
    God’s judgement is Paramount.
    It’s so sad!

  4. Jilo

    July 23, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    This is one of the reasons why we can never have a better Nigeria. This is a wrong signal for other couples out there. Just kill him/her all you get is 2 years behind bar and walk out as a free man. To me personally, she is too early for clemency. Clemency is designed for the people who have spent decades or at least served 3/4 of their sentencing. That lady used her influence to include her name among those seeking clemency. Only God is the best judge.

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