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Awka Prison inmate registers for MSc at NOUN

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—AN inmate of the Awka Prisons in Anambra State, Mr. Jude Onwuzulike has registered for a Masters degree programme in Information Technology at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN.

The 39-year old Onwuzulike, a father of four, was inducted at the 7th matriculation ceremony of the institution held recently at the prison premises. Authorities of NOUN and the Nigeria Prison Service, however decided to organise a special ceremony for the inmates.

The excited Onwuzulike told reporters during the ceremony that he had earlier obtained the Bachelor’s Degree and Post Graduate Diploma from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and University of Nigeria, respectively before he was sentenced to prison.

He said: “My first degree was in Accounting, which I obtained in 2005, while the second degree was in Mathematics. When I came here, I did a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology and I am now pursuing Masters degree in the same discipline.”

He explained that he had to go into another discipline from his first degree course of study due to what he described as unsatisfactory manner the case that led to his imprisonment was investigated by security operatives, particularly the Department of State Services, DSS. He, however did not give details of what brought him to the prison.



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