The former Governors of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, and Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame were on Sunday released from prison.
This is coming four months after they were granted state pardon by the National Council of State (NCS).
They were released together with 159 convicts who were also pardoned by the NCS led by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 14, 2022.
According to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), the former prisoners were documented as at 11 am on Sunday and had since left the prison.
While Nyame was sentenced to 12 years for diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba, Dariye was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for N1.126 billion fraud.
Justifying the clemency, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu, said that it would have been insensitive for the president not to pardon the duo, saying that they had life-threatening illnesses.
However, the duo could not be released immediately by the correctional service because, according to the Public Relations Officer of NCoS, Abubakar Umar, the Ministry of Justice would send a correspondence stating so.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Sunday, the Public Relations Officer of NCoS FCT Command, Humphrey Chukwuedo confirmed their release adding that they left the correctional centre after documentation.