Crime & Justice Igbopedia

Enugu Prison housed Nigeria’s oldest inmate

Enugu once housed the oldest inmate in Nigeria prisons, a centenarian named Celestine Egbunuche.

Egbunuche is a native of Akokwa in Ideato North LGA of Imo State.

He was condemned to death 19 years ago, alongside his son and another relation, in a judgement delivered by an Imo State High Court.

The trio were said to be fighting over a piece of land, which resulted in the death of their opponent.

Egbunuche marked his 100 years birthday in prison on 4 August 2018, a milestone that was captured and publicized by a blogger.

The blogger’s entry apparently caught the eye of the then Governor of Imo, Egbunuche’s home state, Owele Rochas Okorocha.

Okorocha incidentally comes from Ideato South, the opposite side of Egbunuche’s Ideato North Local Government.

Just before his departure from office on 29 May 2019, Governor Okorocha granted pardon to the centenarian who was then 101 years.

The Enugu Correctional Facility released him within a few days of the pardon, in June 2019.

“I am so grateful to God for this day. I am the happiest being on earth,” the centenarian said immediately after his release.