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Eight inmates serving various jail terms in Abakaliki federal Prisons yesterday regained their freedom.

Of the eight inmates, four were freed following the payment of fines slammed on them by the courts which handled their respective cases while the other four regained their freedom having finished serving their jail terms and were equally empowered by Prisons Officers Women Association, PROWA, with different equipment to start up their own businesses as soon as they leave the rehabilitation facility.

Those empowered are: Nkwuda Nwabueze, Chikwado Mbam, Amechi Ekuma and Nneoma Onwukwe.

National President of PROWA and wife of the Controller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Hajia Gwamma Ja’afaru, made the payments and the donations on behalf of the association shortly after commissioning PROWA acquisition centre built by the association in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Mrs Rachael Umahi, wife of Ebonyi State Governor who graced the event also donated several food items to the serving inmates of the Abakaliki prisons. Some of the items she donated include: bags of rice, beans, red and groundnut oils, beverages, tubers of yam and others.

The Controller of Prisons in the state, Emelia Adaobi Oputa, in her address said the state command under her administration, has recorded appreciable success since she came on board.

She disclosed that during the last year’s National Examination Council, NECO, exams, no fewer than 40 inmates in the facility under her command sat for the nationwide test.

“A primary and secondary school established by state government with the teachers paid by the government which more than forty [40] inmates sat for NECO examination last year graciously sponsored by the state government”, she said.

One of the freed inmates and beneficiary of the empowerment, Nneoma Onwukwe, thanked the prisons officials for the love and care showed to them while serving their jail terms in the facility and promised to make judicious use of the equipment.

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