Prisoner on life sentence reveals why he enrolled for a degree


An inmate at the Awka Prisons in the South East of Nigerian state of Anambra, Jude Onwuzulike has revealed the reasons why he had enrolled for a Master’s degree at the National Open University of Nigeria.

Mr Onwuzulike who is serving a life sentence said the reason why he has enrolled for the course is as a result of cases that had not been adequately investigated, which had brought him into the situation he had found himself. reports that the native of Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Abia State would be running the postgraduate programme for the next twenty-four months, with special focus on Information Technology at NOUN, Nigeria’s foremost solely distance learning institution.

The 39-year old father of four, said this at the matriculation ceremony recently, at the prison as part of the seventh matriculation ceremony of the distance learning institution.

Jude who is currently studying at the National Open University (NOUN) has noticed some lapses in the way the case that led him to prison was investigated which he said will assist him in carrying out forensic investigation in similar circumstances.

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“I noticed some lapses in the way the case that brought me here was investigated, which someone needs to correct. So, this course I’m studying will assist me to carry out forensic investigations in similar circumstances,” he said.

He disclosed that he obtained a first degree and post graduate diploma from the Nnamdi Azikwe University and the University of Nigeria respectively before his ordeal.

“My first degree was in Accounting in 2015, while the second was in Mathematics. When I came here, I did a Post-graduate diploma in Information Technology and now, I’m doing a master’s degree in the same discipline.

Sequel to that, Adamu urged other inmates to take advantage of the free education provided by NOUN to better their lots.

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