- Akufo-Addo has granted amnesty to 794 prisoners
- The President's action is in accordance with Article 72(1) of the 1992 Constitution
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Some 794 deserving prisoners across the country have been granted amnesty by President Akufo-Addo.
According to a statement signed by the Ghana Prisons Service, the movie by the President will help mitigate some dangers posed by the congestion in the country’s prisons.
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The President’s amnesty is in accordance with Article 72(1) the 1992 Constitution, which states that the president shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence.
The statement added that 772 of the pardoned prisoners are first time offenders, 16 very old prisoners and 4 seriously ill inmates.
Two other inmates also had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
The amnesty comes at a time when many concerns have been raised regarding the safety of prisoners as the country's case count of the Coronavirus is on a fast increase.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Akufo-Addo has announced an extension of the incentives package which health workers are enjoying by an additional three months.
This announcement by the president goes to say that frontline health workers will not pay any taxes for July August and September.
The president made this known in his 13th address to the nation on enhanced measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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