Friday 6 November 2015

After 23 Years In California Prison, Yakubu Gowon's Son, Musa Jack Ngonadi Gowon., Granted Clemency By Obama(

 Former Nigerian President, General Yakabu Gowon in the course of the Nigerian civil war met Musa's mum Edith Ike Okongwu(of blessed memory)

One thing led to another and Musa Jack Ngonadi Gowon. was given birth to 

To many skeptics and nay sayers out there, Musa is not the real son of Gowon, this information is not true and inaccurate because the old man Gowon has acknowledged in different fora that Musa is his son whom he is proud of  Young Musa later relocated to US with his deceased mum Edith,a decision he took to better his lot in Life 

On November 18, 1992, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Customs Service arrested Musa, Jack Spencer, for conspiring to import in excess of one kilogram of heroin.
Jack Musa Gowon who was 23 years old at that time was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment  for the allegation of smuggling  heroin from source countries,1 such as Thailand or Burma, via non-source countries, such as Switzerland or Austria
Jack Musa Gowon protested vehemently through his legal team  that he was innocent and was framed up and his protest were ignored by the Jury  and rather  was harshly  sentenced to 324 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

 Musa timely appealed, challenging the admission into evidence of the Hotel Guide, the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction, and the district court's upward adjustment of his base offense level on the basis that he was an organizer or leader in the conspiracy
When the appeal to quash his conviction failed, Musa took that decision  in his stride believing that  set back like this is not the end of his life
As an inmate of Taft Correctional Facility, Musa Jack Gowon was a role model and a legal adviser to all the inmates
He was well behaved and a source of inspiration  to co- inmates  who had   given up on life

The prison warden  loved and worshiped the ground he trod on

Permit me to mention that Musa  enrolled in one of the universities around and successfully graduated with a degree in Law as a prison inmate

This commendable act of Leadership did not go unnoticed and he was rewarded severally by prison authorities
While all these were going on, Musa's  family  never stopped fighting to get him out of prison and calls for his release began to grow louder
Happy to report that President Obama heeded to the calls for Musa's release and acted in that regard by granting him a parole

 Musa walked out of Taft Correctional Facility Bakersfield California as a free man on November 2nd  and he is currently at  ICE Detention Center Bakersfield CA where he will be deported back to Nigeria any moment from now
Musa Jack Ngonaadi is grateful to his Dad, General Yakubu Gowon, his friends and his relatives from his maternal side who  stood by him and supported him also all through the period of his unjust  incarceration that he did not commit the crime he was wrongly accused of
Musa will narrate his own side of the story very soon and he is grateful to God who kept him alive and well to see this day
This article was written by Barrister Chukwudi Iwuchukwu, Principal founder of Visage Media . A PR company based in In Lagos 

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