A convict serving a life jail sentence at the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, Lagos, Mr. Kabiru Tuwanse was among 4, 308 students who graduated yesterday from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
He earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Lagos Prison Study Centre of the university (pictured).
However, two of his fellow inmates at the centre, could not make the graduation list due to their inability to meet up with the minimum academic requirement for the award of the university’s certificate.
Tuwanse had obtained a Higher National Diploma before he was sentenced for murder 11 years ago. He was accompanied to the venue of the graduation ceremony at the National Theater, Iganmu by some high profile officers of the prison service led by an assistant comptroller general, Mr. Raymond Afujue.
The prisoner who is in his 50s and looked remorseful, expressed his gratitude to God for the achievement, saying though he does not know what fate has for him after now, he was still hopeful that he could be granted pardon.
In his address at the occasion, the supervising minister of education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, who stood in for President Goodluck Jonathan said the case of the graduating prisoner would be presented to Mr. President for possible pardon, saying he was moved by Tunwase’s resolve not to be intimidated by his circumstance.
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