- The family of Nollywood actor Etim Effiong is in joyous mood as excited the patriarch Lt Col Moses Effiong is now a free man
- On Thursday, April 9, the Buhari-led administration gave some people presidential pardon and the actor's father is one of the beneficiaries
- Etim revealed that his father was implicated in the Vatsa 1983 coup and was tried for treason
Nollywood Actor, Etim Effiong, is in a happy mood as you read this because his father, retired Lieutenant Colonel Moses Effiong, is one of the beneficiaries of the presidential pardon announced recently.
The younger Effiong took to his Instagram page to share the good news that just greeted their family, his father, Retd Lt Col Moses Effiong, receiving a presidential pardon from President Muhammadu Buhari after 34 years.
The Nollywood actor revealed that his father was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for concealment of treason in the Vatsa coup against the retired General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida's government in 1986.
Etim revealed further that his father claimed he was not part of the coup plotters but that he was implicated by Iyorshe with whom he had fallen out in 1983. While other coup plotters were executed, the actor's dad was fortunate to get a life sentence. He was later released in 1993 but lost his rank and entitlements. The Retd Col Effiong also lost his wife who died in a road accident while coming to visit in while in prison.
With the presidential pardon given by Buhari led administration, Etim, could not hold back his excitement 34 years after.
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Recall Legit.ng reported that a posthumous offer of pardon was granted to late Ambrose Alli and late Chief Anthony Enahoro by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was revealed in Abuja on Thursday, April 9, by the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Aregbesola said three other high profile persons were also granted pardon from the presidential amnesty.
The minister expressed gratitude to President Buhari for this gesture that was borne out of compassion, adding that about 70 inmates of the Kuje custodian centre in Abuja will be released so as to decongest the place.
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