The Comptroller General of Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, has confirmed that Great Joshua Maciver was remanded and serving a prison sentence in the Kaduna Prison following a conviction in the charge number FHC/KD/19c/2004.
Maciver is the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Bayelsa guber election.
Nababa noted that Maciver, alongside other Niger Delta militants, was granted amnesty and no longer under any legal obligation to continue to pursue his prison sentence.
He dismissed as “incorrect” the claims that the APC chieftain is on the wanted list of the correctional service following the 2010 jailbreak from the Kaduna prisons.
According to Sahara Reporters, the Correctional Service boss was responding to a request made by the Managing Solicitor of Benjamin S. Ogbara & Co., Benjamin Ogbara Esq, on the status of Maciver’s prison sentence.
The law firm had also written a separate letter to the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd) on the matter.
Ndiomu 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.”