MUSA Jack Ngonadi, son of General Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state, has returned to Nigeria after spending 22 years in a California prison in the United States.
According to New Mail online publication, the 47-year-old son of Gowon reportedly arrived in Nigeria on January 1, after he was released last year on a state pardon granted by President Barack Obama, the report said quoting Naij.com.
Musa was living in the US with the late Edith Ike Okongwu, his mother, when he was arrested on November 18, 1992 at the age of 23, by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, and the US Customs Service for conspiring to import in excess of one kilogramme of heroin.
Subsequently, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for smuggling heroin, although he protested vehemently through his legal team that he was innocent of the offence and that he was framed.
While in the prison, Ngonadi he enrolled in a university and successfully graduated with a degree in law as a prison inmate.
He was also described as a role model and a legal adviser to all the inmates and carried himself with dignity and was a source of inspiration to co-inmates who had given up on life.
He was reportedly rewarded for 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 eventually relented by granting him parole.
Ngonadi walked out of Taft Correctional Facility, Bakersfield, California as a free man on November 2, 2015.
— Jan 6, 2016 @ 13:00 GMT