Eight Nigerians who served various jail terms in Cameroon, have regained their freedom.
The Nigerian Consul General for The North West and South West Regions, H.E Ibrahim Bashir, in partnership with an eminent Nigerian, HRH EZE Thomas J Onyengubo, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo in Cameroon, paid the fines to secure.
Speaking during the ceremony to welcome the former inmates of the Buea Central Prison, His Excellency Ibrahim Bashir charged the ex-convicts to be steadfast and correct the mistakes that took them to prison.
The diplomat advised that they must hold no grudges against the government of Cameroon or the system, but to focus on rebuilding their lives.
“I hope they are not going to hold any grudges against the government or the system. They were there to be corrected. They have reflected over their offences during their stay in the correctional facility. They promised here by lifting up their right hands that they are going to be better than they were before their incarceration,” Bashir said.
The eight persons who were freed include: Ene Okon, Francis Eyo, Nsisong Udoh, Nsika Okon, David Okon Joseph, Kabiru alias Harap, Nkweriwem Edet and Samuel Johnson.
The release of the Nigerian nationals, the Consul General said, was the out- come of joint efforts of his and other prominent Nigerians.
This move, he added, highlights the vision of the Nigerian government and the Consul General to ensure that all Nigerians in Cameroon, under whatever conditions, feel the presence of the Federal Government.
“The release of the eight is the product of weeks of back and forth with the prison officials. We put our resources together, partnered with a fellow Nigerian, HRH Eze Gburugburu, and we paid the fines for my fellow compatriots, some of who are young enough to be my kids, to regain freedom,” Bashir noted.
“They are all smiles and grateful to the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is a testimony of our determination and desire to reach out to Nigerian nationals in whatever circumstances they find themselves,” he added.