BY CECILIA OGEZI
A non- government organization (NGO), Joint Professional Training Support( JPTS) International has facilitated the release of about 21 prisioners from Kuje and Suleja correctional facilities for various offenses with option of fine.
Speaking during an orientation program, the general manager, (JPTS) Adaeze Lemuels explained that the gesture was part of the organisations “Global Wealth” project themed: Liberation Mission for Prisoners in Nigerian Prisons.
Lamuels who represented the president of the organization,Mr Chris Imumolen stated that presidents has done remarkably well in his effort to change the narrative by redefining the society by touching lives of people in the society, which according to her extends to widows and orphans. She said the project of releasing inmates will be a continuous effort in Nigerian prisions.
Lemuels who disclosed that after care for released prisioners will include rehabilitation to ascertain their mental state to know whether they are fit for scholarship or trade also urged other well meaning individuals to contribute their quota to improve lives of the less privileged in the society.
JPTS alumni president, Mr Abdullahi Kabir, said the release of the prisoners was done based on available data, especially data of those with option of fine. He added that helping inmates who need the intervention was necessitated by the need to reach out to inmates in need of such assistance as he disclosed the least amount paid for release of an inmate was 20,000.
He said that the target of the group was on civil cases, and especially cases of those who had been to the court.
Some of the released inmates expressed their gratitude to the organization for their release, which they described as an act of God.
A released prisioner, Abdullahi Isah who was a sales person for his boss narrated his experience
” I am from Kaduna state, I was a sales person but while there all the wares were stolen, I have served a year and seven months from my five years jail term. I was not expecting this kind gesture I was called upon for my released, am very grateful for their kindness.
Another released prisioner, David Danjuma who disclosed that he served 7 months of 3 years jail term expressed his grateful to the president while also advising youths to desist from crime.