A mother and her two daughters were set to spend three months in prison for taking some leftover corn which did not belong to them, according to reports.
According to Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng of Crime Check Foundation, a court found them guilty and consequently sentenced all three including a lactating mother after they were unable to raise GH¢360 (over 26,000) slapped on them.
He, however, revealed that Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu came to the rescue of the convicts and through the Crime Check Foundation donated GH¢1000 (over 74,000) for their release.
They are set to be released on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
Below is what Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng wrote on Facebook;
“Cases like this make a strong case for a review of Ghana’s criminal justice laws. They may not have had permission for collecting the leftovers from the farm, but in a country where poverty is endemic in most rural communities, what some rural folks do is to go searching for rejected harvested corn to keep their families alive.
Sadly the innocent baby of Joyce had to follow the mum to prison. They tell me their farmlands have been sold out to a company, so they have to go looking for corn which offers them Akple twice a day.
Fortunately, a good Samaritan has paid for their 360 court fine to enable them go home on Tuesday to continue with their huzzle. You can imagine the joy on their faces when CCF donated 1000 cedis to them from Black Stars winger, Christian Atsu.