Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Jack Musa, son of Gen Yakubu Gowon reportedly freed from U.S. prison after 22 years

According to reports online, Gowon Jack Musa, a son of Nigeria’s former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has reportedly been released from a prison in the United States after 22 years of imprisonment for a drug-related offence.

Jack Musa, also known as Jack Spencer, was reportedly arrested on November 18, 1992, for conspiring to import in excess of 1kg of heroin into the USA. Detectives were said to have found a Swiss Air Global Hotel Guide in Musa’s room on which he had written a reference to “The Heroin Connection.”
Jack Musa; credit: Instablog9ja

Musa had also written a phone number for Donald Iwegbu, an alleged coconspirator who had admitted that the goal of the operation was to smuggle heroin into the U.S. He was subsequently found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to 27 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Jack Musa may have been the beneficiary of a new prison reform in the USA, which is seeing up to 6,000 prison inmates  pardoned and released. According to the Washington Post, the Justice Department in the USA is making the largest release of federal prisoners in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades.

Jack Musa, now 47, is said to have been born to former head of state, General Gowon, by Ms Edith Ike Okongwu. There are however speculations that General Gowon may have ‘disowned’ Jack Musa following his arrest for smuggling drugs.

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