There is nothing every prison inmate desires more than freedom but Tobias Mbaekwe is not one of them.

His prison cell was flung open but he preferred to stay back. Weird you would say.

Mbaekwe, from Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state, was among 13 others freed on the sane day.

The defendant fell on the floor shortly after the ruling that he should be freed on bail, begging the Chief Judge to allow him stay back in the prison, where he said his life was better secured.

He informed the court that his relatives would gang up and kill him if freed.

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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,” he cried.

Justice Umeadi, however, directed Ekwulobia Prisons Welfare Officer to take the defendant to the Divisional Police Officer of Ozubulu Police Station to take Mbaekwe home.

The judge directed that the defendant should be visited every three months to ascertain his situation.

Justice Umeadi said the culprit could be re-arraigned anytime the police would want to prosecute him.


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