The Comptroller General of Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa has dismissed as “incorrect” the claims that the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Great Joshua Maciver, is on the wanted list of the correctional service following the 2010 jailbreak from the Kaduna prisons where he was remanded for terrorism.
Haliru Nababa, who was responding to a request made by the Managing Solicitor of the Benjamin S. Ogbara & Co., Benjamin Ogbara Esq on the status of Joshua Maciver’s prison sentence, said though he was remanded and serving a prison sentence in the Kaduna Prison following a conviction in the charge number FHC/KD/19c/2004, Joshua Maciver alongside other Niger Delta militants was granted amnesty and no longer under any legal obligation to continue to pursue his prison sentence.
Also in a separate letter in response to the request made by Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (General Service Office), the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd) stated that a proper check of the data of the Presidential Amnesty Programme had shown that Maciver was a beneficiary of the amnesty deal granted to former militants by the late Musa Yar’Adua’s administration.
Ndiomu said, “Due to the urgency of the requests for confirmation of Joshua Maciver’s status, our technical and data unit provided information hastily as indicated by the dates of both letters received and responses.
“Upon thorough investigation, we have identified an oversight in our record regarding Great Joshua Maciver’s PAP beneficiary status. It has now been established that Joshua Maciver received an unconditional pardon from Late President Musa Yar’Adua. We regret the oversight.”
Benjamin S. Ogbara Esq had written to both the Office of the Comptroller General of Correctional Service and the Presidential Amnesty seeking the prison and Presidential Amnesty status of Maciver.