Nigeria’s oldest prisoner regains freedom

Posted by Raphael Ede, Enugu | 8 June 2019 | 1,194 times

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Nigeria’s oldest prisoner, Pa Egbohuche Celestine, has been released
from Enugu Maximum Prison where he was confined for over 19 years.

Celestine who will be 101 years old by August was released on Thursday
amid a heavy downpour to his only surviving daughter, Miss Chisom
Celestine. His freedom was secured by a non-governmental organisation,
Global Society for Anti-corruption (GSAC) who had been pushing for his
release at the Enugu Prison. Immediately after his release from prison
custody, the centenarian was rushed to St. Daniel’s Hospital, at No 7,
Link Avenue, Independent, Enugu, where he was admitted for medical
checkup by GSAC to ensure that he was fit before going home.

Mrs Amaka Nweke, Regional Director, GSAC, who addressed journalists
shortly after his release, praised God for granting Pa Celestine
freedom at last, while calling on well-meaning Nigerians to come to
the aid of the aged man. Nweke said that the saddest news her
organisation received after the Imo State Government granted him
pardon was that his house was demolished shortly after he was
imprisoned. Nweke, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor
Rochas Okorocha for the state pardon, also commended GSAC’s President,
Mr Frank Ezeona, for his encouragement and support throughout the
struggle for Celestine’s release. (Saturday Sun)


Source: News Express

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