Global Society for Anti-Corruption (GSAC), a Civil Society Organisation has called on governments and well-meaning Nigerians to assist a 101-year old Celestine Egboluche, released from Enugu Maximum Prison.
Egboluche was granted state pardon by the Imo State Government last week after spending 19 years in prison following the intervention of the group and the media.
Addressing some journalists at St. Daniel Hospital in Enugu where Egboluche was recovering from prison trauma, the Regional Coordinator, GSAC, Mrs Amaka Nweke, said the ex-prisoner had no place of abode.
She said that his house at Akokwa, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo was demolished by those that accused him and his son of kidnapping and killing their relation, Cyril Igbokwe.
“We need people to help so that when he is discharged from the hospital, he can return to his ancestral home.
“Those who accused him and his son of murder, 19 years ago, demolished his house. So, he has no home to return to when he is discharged from the hospital,” she said.
Nweke also noted that since Egboluche was admitted into the hospital, his bill had been mounting and needed to be offset.
“We need people to come and help us. The hospital bill is rising. It has reached up to N80, 000. He needs a CT scan so that he can recall his memory.
“He was not able to walk before but he can walk now, eat and talk though not coherently. So, we need assistance from all and sundry,” she said.
The regional coordinator said that already some helps had been coming but that they needed more.
Nweke pleaded also that the centenarian only son, Paul Egboluche be released from the prison to attend to his aged father.