Prison Inmate Refuses Freedom After Court’s Decision

A Nigerian man identified as Tobias Mbaekwe has refused the bail granted to him by a Nigerian court siting in Anambra stating that he prefers to be remanded at the Aguata prisons in the state.

Mbaekwe, an indegene of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo local government area of the state, was among the three juveniles who were incarcerated at medium security prisons, Aguata and part of the ten persons freed by the State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi on health ground and delay in prosecution.

Shortly after he was granted his freedom in the ruling, the defendant was reported to have collapsed to the floor, begging to be returned to prison adding that his life is more secured behind bars.

He said: “They said they will kill me if I come back home. They grabbed my father’s land after killing him in 1980. They latter kidnapped me and threatened to kill me and that is why they abandoned me here since 2012.”

The presiding judge, Justice Umeadi, however, directed the Aguata Prisons Welfare Officer to accompany the freed defendant home.