Harrison Gwamnishu, a human rights activist, is a delightful man today, November 30, as he marks the five-year anniversary of his acquittal by a court after being unfairly imprisoned for four years.
Harrison, his parents’ sole surviving child, was unjustly accused of robbery and detained by his former supervisor in June 2011. He was charged with “conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms, and armed robbery” in court.
He was transferred from the Ogwashi Uku prison, the SARS headquarters in Ikeja, the A division in Asaba, the State CID in Asaba, and the Ikoyi prison.
He was dismissed and acquitted on November 30, 2015, after the court requested evidence from the complainant, which was not delivered.
”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”he wrote
Watch a video he shared weeping as he thanked God for his freedom below…