Nigeria – Musa Jack Ngonadi, the son of a former president Yakubu Gowon, has returned back to the country after spending 22 years in a California prison in the United States.
He arrived Nigeria on the 1st of January, 2016 after receiving a pardon from President Barack Obama late in 2015, Naij reports.
Musa was living in the United States with his mother, the late Edith Ike Okongwu, when he was arrested on November 18, 1992 at the age of 23. Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Customs Service for conspiring to import in excess of one kilogramme of heroin.
He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for smuggling heroin, although Ngonadi protested vehemently through his legal team that he was innocent and was framed.
In prison, he enrolled in a university and successfully graduated with a degree in law. Reports say he was also a role model and a legal adviser to all the inmates. He carried himself well and was a source of inspiration to co- inmates who had given up on life. He was rewarded for all his good conduct several times by the prison authorities.
His family, however, did not relent in their efforts to get him out of prison. Calls for his release began to grow louder and President Obama hearkened to one of the moves and acted by granting him parole. Ngonadi walked out of Taft Correctional Facility Bakersfield California as a free man on November 2, 2015.