Ebonyi State Command of Nigeria Prisons Service, NPS, has freed five inmates and handed over to them workings tools with which to be useful to themselves as they reunite with their families and the larger society.
Handing over the tools to the freed inmates in the presence of their family members at the prison yard, the State Comptroller, Mrs Emilia Oputa disclosed that the Command trained them on the skills as part of its core mandate.
Five of them all married with children: Peter Nwankwo, Sunday Iboko, Sunday Ogodo, Moses Abarike and John Nwenyi were trained on Carpentry, Welding, Electrical maintenance,Tailoring and Catering respectively.
The state Comptroller explained that they were able to procure the tools through government funding and individual contributions.
Mrs Emilia who urged them to pay deaf ears to what people might be saying about them when they get home, charged them to live a useful life and shun acts capable of bringing them back to prison.
She noted that both the Federal and State governments had turned to agriculture to grow the economy and urged them to queue into it to be self dependent.
She further explained that the Command had trained many of the inmates on different skills/hand works and solicited for the assistance of the public to enable them provide them with necessary tools, noting that government would not do it alone.
Five of them who are from Otam Nkaleke in Abakaliki local government Areas were jailed for conspiracy and attempted murder and had spent two years each in prison before freedom came their way.
In a separate interview, five of them thanked NPS and pledged to utilize the tools to be useful to themselves and their families.
One of their family members, Isaiah Moses, thanked God for keeping them alive all along and Prisons officials who made their release possible.