Ikechukwu Emmanuel , an inmate of Keffi
Medium Security Prisons in Keffi in Nasarawa
State, cried himself to freedom on Friday
through the help of Prisons Officers Wives
Emmanuel, not originally listed to benefit from
the assistance of PROWA’s prison decongestion
effort, elicited the sympathy of the President,
Hajia Gwamma Ja’afaru, when he cried on
seeing 14 other inmates leave.
The 14 were those that PROWA came to pay
their fines to secure their release from prison.
Emmanuel was not among those but he sat
with them when Ja’afaru and her entourage
came for their release,
After the others left, Emmanuel remained
behind and began to cry.
His cry attracted the attention of the PROWA
president, who was touched and made inquiries
When Emmanuel was told that his fine was not
in the range of the others, which PROWA paid,
he was asked to return to his room and he
began to cry more.
Ja’afaru, who was moved by his tears,
consulted with her team and decided to pay his
fine of N65,000.
She, however, warned him to justify the
sacrifice made to secure his release.
In an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN), Ja’afaru said, “I was really
touched and as a caring mother and a woman,
you would want to do anything to secure his
”His fine was far above those of others but all
we really care about in this holy month of
Ramadan is to show that we really care.”
Mr Ekwere Ekanem, the Comptroller of Prisons
in Nasarawa State, said the unexpected release
of the inmate was an act of God and as such
inmates must always pray to God to send a
benefactor to come to their aid.
“One of the things we tell them in our prisons
in Nasarawa State is not to give up on God no
matter the crime that brought them in here
and as you can see, God did his miracle today
”My hope is that the boy will justify the
gesture by living a just life and not returning
here again,” Ekanem said.
Emmanuel told NAN that he had been in the
prison for three months for smoking hard
drugs and wanted another opportunity to go
out and redeem himself .
He said he decided to sit with the 14 others in
the hope that God would use PROWA to give
him a second chance.
“I did not know what to do again.
‘’I lost all hope but our prison officers said we
should keep praying for forgiveness from God
So, I told myself that if God gave me another
chance, I would change my ways and be a good
“When I saw some of us going to sit separately,
I said maybe if I joined them, mummy would
consider but when they didn’t call my name,
that was when I started crying.
”I am very happy because I never expected
them to rescue me. I promise to change my
ways of life,” Emmanuel said.
Soon after, another inmate, Abbas Ubale,
rushed forward and pleaded with the PROWA
entourage to secure his release by paying his
fine of N3,000.
Again, the PROWA the team paid the fine but
warned him to justify the gesture by avoiding
criminal tendencies and engage in meaningful
In all, the association secured the release of 19
prisoners – 16 from Keffi Medium Security
Prison and three from Keffi old Prison.