Human rights activist, Harrison Gwanishu, has taken to social media to pour out his emotions as he marks the 5th anniversary of being acquitted by the court after he was wrongfully imprisoned for four years.
Background story: Harrison was arrested in 2011 after his former boss falsely accused him of robbery. He was charged to court for “conspiracy, unlawful possession of fire arms and armed robbery”.
While in jail, he was moved between Ogwashi Uku prison, SARS office Ikeja, A division Asaba, State CID Asaba, and Ikoyi prison.
When he was arraigned in court on November 30, 2015, he was discharged and acquitted after the court called for the complainant to come forward with evidence but none was provided.
Recounting his terrible experience, Harrison, in a video shared on his Instagram page today, November 30, 2021, broke down in tears as he thanked God for his freedom.
He captioned the video,
“At 11:45am, 30-11-2015, The wardens unlocked the leg chain led me into the dock.
Justice Mabel Omovie, High Court 5 Judge Asaba requested for my case file, she asked the female State Counsel “where is the complainant? My accusers couldn’t come forward to prove their case.
While I was in the dock, the Judge went through my case file and started writing. For almost 30 minutes I was still standing in the dock. ‘The dock is a place in the courtroom which is set aside for defendants and marks them out from other participants in the trial’.
After she was done writing, she read all she wrote and ruled in my favor.
“HARRISON GWAMNISHU is hereby DISCHARGED” At that moment, the wardens have no more power over me. I walked out of the dock A FREE MAN.
What would have been said of me if I was convicted of another man’s crime? .
I have seen death, I have experienced pain, rejection and trampled on like a rag. God lifted me up
God alone be praised”
Watch the video below.