By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano and his wife, Ebelechukwu, on Sunday visited Aguata Prisons, Ekwulobia, with an assortment of gift items.
The governor said the gesture was in the spirit of the Yuletide, and a way of remembering the forgotten.
'Our aim of visiting you today is in the spirit of Christmas, and to make you feel loved so you will know that we have not forgotten you,' Obiano said.
The event was on the occasion of the maiden Holy Sacrament of Confirmation on select inmates and some children of staff members at the facility.
The event featured a holy mass celebrated by the Auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev Dr Jonas Benson Okoye.
Meanwhile, the governor exercised his powers of prerogative of mercy by setting free, 10 inmates of the prison.
He directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Obianuju Nwogu, to liaise with the Comptroller of Prisons, Anambra State, to prepare documents for immediate release of 10 inmates of the prison.
His wife, Ebelechukwu, announced the donation of foods stuffs, beverages, sanitary materials and other household materials, as well as cash for upkeep of the inmates.
This gesture elicited a tumultuous applause from the inmates who also expressed happiness over Mrs Obiano's recent rehabilitation of a broken water borehole. They said it had ended the cumbersome task of fetching water from nearby stream.
The Aguata Prisons facility opened in 2010 with a population of 25 inmates, but presently has over stretched its capacity to 218 inmates with over 190 of them on awaiting trial list.