It was unbridled joy on October 19th, 2020, for the family of Miss Favour Emmanuel as over one month of legal battle finally came to an end and she was reunited with her family after the magistrate in Abia State finally ruled in favour of her release.
Miss Emmanuel’s case perfectly sums up why Mercy Wave Foundation decided to embark on even more prison outreaches, a venture born out of the quest to give those who have found themselves in the wrong side of the law second chance at life.
Narrating her ordeal to vista.ng, Miss Emmanuel said the bitter experience started about two years ago. She stated that it was hardship that forced her into the unfortunate crime she committed.
According to her, she found it difficult to finish secondary education due to lack of finance. She resorted to several menial jobs at a very tender to keep her family going.
Things, however, took a turn for the worse two years ago when she received news of her father’s deteriorating health condition. The family was after hospital diagnosis charged the sum of N500,000 to commence the treatment.
“We could not provide such a huge amount of money and the thought of losing my father made me take drastic steps which later backfired.
“As the cashier of the company I was working in, I was privy to the details of the company’s account. So I decided to take money from there to take care of my father’s hospital bill, she said.
She continues, “eventually, I innocently narrated the story to my boss, informing him that I would work to offset the bills without salary until every penny is repaid. Unfortunately things took a negative turn when my unsympathetic boss demanded an instant refund which I could not provide. She now decided to lock me up until I pay back the money”.
Narrating her ordeal in the correctional center, Miss Emmanuel pointed out that from the very first day, it was untold hardship as her health condition was not considered by authorities, she narrated several episodes of anaemia where her fellow inmates concluded she would not make it through the night but somehow she kept on, knowing fully well that someday her story would change for the better.
She encouraged every Nigerian to always stay on the good side of the law to avoid any incident that may lead to a prison sentence.
On her future plans, Miss Favour promised to leverage on the freedom granted her by Mercy Wave Foundation to lead a dutiful life, as the foundation has since promised to assist bounce back to life.
In a separate interview, the mother of the benefactor, Mrs Joy Emmanuel also narrated, amid tears, their story from an outside the prison perspective.
According to her, from the onset, she contacted a lot of foundations and NGOs all to no avail. She also recounted how, upon his discharge, Favour’s dad kept on visiting Favour every single day until Favour had to stop him from visiting because of the damage the stress was causing on his already bad health. She expressed her profound gratitude to the foundation for coming to their aid when all hope seemed lost and when it seemed only a matter of time before Favour dies in prison due to her health conditions, being a sickler.
Reacting to the Miss Emmanuel’s case, Mercy Wave Foundation, through its management explicitly stated that they do not in any form promote crime and is already engaging in rigorous enlightenment programs aimed at educating the youth on the dangers of crime. It, however, stated in cases like Emmanuel’s, consideration is given in line with what best suit humanity, and in line with the organisation’s divine mandate of providing succor to the underserved.
MWF believes coming to the aid of prisoners with such pathetic stories is one that should be encouraged by all well meaning Nigerians.