Celestine Egbunuche A 100-year-old death row inmate, has been released from jail after receiving a state pardon.
Dubbed ‘Nigeria’s oldest prisoner’, Egbunuche had spent over 18 years in prison after being found guilty of plotting a murder.
He was met outside Enugu state maximum security prison by his daughter and the representatives of Global Society for Anti Corruption, a Non-Governmental Organisation, which campaigned for his release.
His daughter Chisom Celestine told the BBC:
“I’m so grateful to God for this day,” his daughter.
“I’m the happiest human being on Earth.”
Egbunuche, who suffers from health problems including diabetes and failing eyesight, is currently in hospital for observation, but there is concern about what will happen to him next.
His daughter says she does not have the means to take care of him.
Whilst he was in prison, he was being cared for by his son Paul, who was also jailed on the same murder charge. He did not receive a pardon and remains in jail.