Calls to par­don 100-year-old in­mate

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

ABUJA – Death row in­mate Ce­les­tine Eg­bunuche has been dubbed Nige­ria’s “old­est pris­oner” amid a cam­paign call­ing for his re­lease.

He is 100 years old and has spent 18 years in jail after be­ing found guilty of or­gan­is­ing a mur­der.

Small and slightly hunched over, he looks wist­fully into space as he sits on a tightly packed bench in­side a stuffy prison vis­i­tor’s room.

Dressed in a white T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, he lifts his head slowly – his way of ac­knowl­edg­ing our pres­ence.

But oth­er­wise he re­mains quiet dur­ing our visit, in stark con­trast to the rest of the room that is filled with loud chat­ter at Enugu Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity Prison in south-east Nige­ria.

His son Paul Eg­bunuche, 41, sits pro­tec­tively close to him – and does the talk­ing. He is in jail on the same mur­der charge.

They were both ac­cused of hir­ing peo­ple to kid­nap and kill a man over an al­leged land dis­pute in Imo state.

(BBC Pic­ture)

Paul (left) and Ce­les­tine Eg­bunuche have been in jail for 18 years and on death row for four years.

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