- Andrew Ukwuegbunwa has accused Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Governor Hope Uzodimma, and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola of reneging on their promise
- The inmate claimed that the trio had promised to look into the cases of inmates who refused to run away from the jail during a prison break
- Meanwhile, Ukwuegbunwa maintained his innocence of the alleged crime for which he has remained in detention
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Governor Hope Uzodimma, and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola have been accused of not fulfilling their promises to prisoners in Owerri, Imo state.
This was disclosed by an inmate, Andrew Ukwuegbunwa, when two Catholic priests Rev. Fr. Remigius Him and Rev. Fr. Jude Onuoha, were in the prison to celebrate their priestly silver jubilee with the inmates, Vanguard Newspaper reports.
In his account, Ukwuegbunwa who maintained his innocence of the alleged crime for which he has remained in detention.
He recalled that when hoodlums stormed the prison in 2021, he did not want to complicate his matter by running away as others did.
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“I am innocent of the crime for which I have been in detention. When the jailbreak took place in 2021, rather than run away and complicate my matter, when I know that I am innocent, I ran and surrendered myself to the Archbishop Emeritus of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna, who called officials of the prison to come and take me back to the Centre.”
While recalling that after the jailbreak, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Governor Hope Uzodimma, and the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, visited the facility, assuring all the inmates that returned on their own that their matters would be pleasingly looked into.
Addressing the inmates, Rev. Onuoha said:
“I am aware of the fact that most of you are here for the crimes you knew nothing about. Some are here for offenses they are guilty of. I urge you all to be prayerful and look up to God.”
For Fr. Ihim, as much as some of the inmates are either innocent or guilty, “they are also human beings, who are vulnerable and should not be treated as infra-humans because they made mistakes.”
Surprise, outrage as inmate of Owerri prisons spends 14 years awaiting trial
Meanwhile, in what can be described as another terrible tale from the country, a Nigerian has reportedly spent 14 years of his youthful years awaiting trial in Owerri Prison.
This was discovered when two Catholics priests, Rev. Fr. Remigius Him and Rev. Fr. Jude Onuoha, went to the prison to celebrate their priestly silver jubilee with the inmates.
Speaking on behalf of the inmates, the Provost of the inmates, Onyeka Mbaeri, disclosed that he had spent 14 years awaiting trial in the prison.