Pa Celestine, Nigeria’s Oldest Prisoner regains freedom

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After over 19 years of imprisonment at the Enugu Maximum Prison, Nigeria’s oldest prisoner, Pa Celestine Egbohuche, 101, has finally been released.

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

Pa Celestine


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.


According to the Regional Director, GSAC, Mrs Amaka Nweke praised God for granting Pa Celestine freedom at last, while calling on well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the centenarian.



However, Mrs Nweke disclosed that the saddest news the organization received after the Imo State Government had granted him pardon was that his house was demolished shortly after he was imprisoned.

In her words,


“The Global Society for Anti-Corruption, on behalf of the President, Mr. Frank Ezeona, are here to thank God for what he has done today. We bless the name of the Lord for how far he has been with Pa Celestine and making this day a reality.

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