- Governor Ayade has given monetary and material gifts to a female prison inmate that gave birth to twins while still incarcerated
- The governor said the gifts was in the spirit of Easter and a show of gratitude to the mother who named the children after him and his wife Linda
- Ayade said his government is considering working out a pardon for the mother depending on the extent of her offense
Cross River state governor Ben Ayade has donated N1million and other gift items to a prison inmate who gave birth to twins at the hospital on Thursday April 18.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ayade, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, gave the gifts to the management of the General Hospital Calabar for the upkeep of the prisoner on Saturday, April 20 in Calabar.
The governor said that the gesture was a special Easter gift to the mother of the twins; a boy and girl and noted that in the spirit of the Easter season, `the beautiful babies deserve love and care’.
Ayade said that in line with his welfare policy and love for children, the twins were named after him and his wife, Ben and Linda Ayade.
He said: “Right now, the mother of the twins is not with us because we had to refer her to a higher facility for further medical attention. But she had a successful Caesarean Section.
“We have these two beautiful babies here with us. We will be following them up regularly and today we are here to present a special gift for their upkeep.
“We are donating a cash amount of N1 million and these items to the hospital to help in the management of these children until the mother is well, safe and sound."
Governor Ayade said Cross River state government was considering employing the executive powers of his office to grant the inmate a pardon.
He said: “Further, we are going to have discussions with the prison authority to know the next step in what to do.
“But as we speak, the state government is handling the care of the children because we care and we are in the season of Easter.
“The governor has executive powers, we are going to work with our social welfare unit to try and see the extent of the crime and know if the mother can be pardoned because of these two beautiful children."
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that a female inmate of Afokang prison in Calabar was delivered of a set of twins, a boy and a girl.
The yet-to-be identified mother welcomed the bundles of joy on Thursday, April 18 and was said to still be in prison.
The twin babies were named after Cross River governor and his wife, Benedict and Linda Ayade and there were initial reports that state government would be responsible for the babies as the mother will remain in prison.
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