The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Tuesday, freed 20 prison inmates in the state to mark the Democracy Day.
The ex-prisoners were drawn from different prisons in the state.
Two of the freed persons, Augustine Emelue and Sunday Agbo, hail from Delta and Ebonyi states respectively.
The freed inmates include: Chimezie Ewuzie, Augustine Emelue, Amaechi Edochie, Monday Nwobu, Oluchi Emeodi, Nchedochi Rachel, Sunday Agbo, Christopher Biali, Innocent Nwokeke and Emmanuel Nwoye.
Others are Ignatius Ohams, James Odor, Uchenna Ifecheobi, Tochukwu Okpala, Onwuachu Augustine, Emeka Okoye, Ekene Okeke, Ernest Onyemechalu, Afam Okoli and Ubaka Okwuchukwu.
Obiano asked the former prisoners to stay away from trouble by being good citizens of the state and Nigeria.
Assuring them of government’s assistance, he said, “Government will empower you to enable you to fend for yourselves as most of you have stayed more than five years in incarceration and lost contact with the world.”
Thanking the governor on behalf of the others for their freedom, Ekene Okeke pledged that they would be of good behaviour.
While saying they had training in various skills in the prisons, Okeke gave the assurance that any money given to them as empowerment would be used judiciously.