Nigeria’s Oldest Prisoner Clocks 100 Years Today In Enugu, Been In Prison For Over 17 Years

Nigeria’s oldest prisoner, Pa Celestine Egbunuche, clocked 100 last
Saturday, August 4, within the confines of Enugu Maximum Prison.
The centenarian, who hails from Akokwa in Ideato North Local
Government Area of Imo State, was condemned to death along
with his son, Paul and another relation, now 87.
They were said to have been engaged in a fight over a piece of
land and in the process, somebody died. With such fate, Pa
Egbunuche has for over 17 years lived in desolation and
But all hope is not lost as a non-governmental organisation, Global
Society for Anti-corruption (GSAC) is pushing for his release. GSAC
has appealed to the Federal Government and Governor Rochas
Okorocha to use their board of mercy and release Egbunuche, his
78 years old relation and son from prison.
Zonal Resource Executive of GSAC, Amaka Nweke, commended
Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emehelu, for her
recent prison visit where many inmates were granted freedom
pleaded with her to look into the case of Pa Egbunuche whom she
said their investigation showed might be Africa’s oldest inmate.
According to the NGO, Egbunuche has suffered from diabetes over
the years, adding that with his age and failing health, it will be
proper to release him to go and possibly die peacefully at home. If
eventually released, the organisation would also want the Federal
and State Governments to take care of Pa Egbunuche’s
Experts said that in other jurisdictions, inmates above 65 years are
eligible for either parole or state pardon.


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