Nigeria’s oldest prisoner regains freedom


Nigeria’s oldest prisoner, Pa Celestine Egbohuche, who was imprisoned at the Enugu Maximum Prison for over 19 years has finally been released.

Pa Celestine was released on Thursday to his only surviving daughter, Miss Chisom Celestine through a non-governmental organisation, Global Society for Anti-corruption who had been pushing for his release from the Enugu Prison.

The centenarian, who hails from Amachara-Owerre, Akokwa in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, was condemned to death along with his son, Paul and another relation, now 87.

His release came following several campaigns championed by GSAC.

Following the pressure, Former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, last week granted the centenarian a state pardon.

Immediately after his release from prison custody amidst cheers and jubilations, Pa Celestine was rushed to St. Daniel’s Hospital, at No 7, Link Avenue, Independent, Enugu where he was admitted for a medical checkup to ensure that he was fit before going home.

His daughter, Chisom was elated at the release of her father.She, however, called for the release of her only brother, Paul saying that he was innocent of the crime he was accused.

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