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Group Gives Succour To Prison Inmates



Liberty Club, a socio-cultural club based in Maiduguri, established with the aim of giving succour to the needy in the society, yesterday, took their humanitarian gesture to the Maiduguri New Prison in Borno State and donated assorted relief items to the inmates.

Briefing newsmen before handing over the donated items which comprised bags of rice, bags of beans, cartons of soap and clothing among others to the deputy comptroller of Prisons, Borno State, Ali Bajoga, for onward delivery to the inmates, the president of the club, Mr Onyekachukwu Nwaigwe, said charity to the needy has been the club’s watchword since its formation.

He said though the club doesn’t have more than what it has given, he believes in the saying that, “little is great if God is in it”. He added that the club, which has membership roll call of 150, had, in the past years visited Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and motherless babies’ homes for humanitarian aid.

“We formed this club primarily to help the needy in the society. Last three years, we visited IDPs camp in the state and last year, we were at the motherless babies’ home in the state to touch the lives there before deciding to carry out this year’s visit to the prison inmates.

“We are urging other associations, clubs and well to do individuals to come to the aid of the inmates who have appreciated our gesture and showed remorse of their former lives,” Nwaigwe said.

Responding, the deputy comptroller of Prisons, Borno State, Ali Bajago, assured members of the Liberty Club that the items donated would be judiciously shared amongst the inmates no matter the quantity.

While noting that it has been a nationwide routine for organisations to bring succour to the inmates, he said such gesture is a way of supplementing the efforts of the Nigerian Prisons service.

“Even if what the service is having is not enough, with donations like this, every inmate will have more to eat or clothes to wear. Gone are the days when items donated to inmates are diverted.

Under my watch, such cannot happen. I assure you of the judicious use of all the items donated,” DCP Bajoga said.

In his remarks, the patron of the club, Pharm Napoleon Egbuonu, said what the club has done is a replica of what its name, “Liberty” stands for, hence he appealed to associations to delve more into charity than merriment since there is reward in giving.