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Newcastle United star gets citation for freeing 53 prisoners from jail

6 days ago
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Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu has received a citation from the Management of Crime Check Foundation (CCF), a Prison Non-Governmental Organisation in Ghana.

Via the CCF Petty Offenders Project, Atsu has helped to get the early release of 53 prisoners from jail.

The Newcastle winger paying fines on behalf of people finding themselves in prison for petty offences, after not having been able to pay the fines themselves.The Ghanaian international also financially helping the prisoners once released, in order to help them get back on their feet and re-integrate back into society.

This is just one of many initiatives that Christian Atsu has been involved in, to help those less fortunate people back in Ghana.

Oppong Kwarteng, Executive Director of CCF;

“This is in honour and acknowledgement of your contributions to the release of fifty-three petty offenders in Ghana’s Prisons.

“You have not only paid court fines of poor and voiceless petty offenders but also advocate reforms in Ghana’s criminal justice system.

“You have gone a step further to ensure that inmates, who are released have financial support to enable them to reintegrate successfully into society.

“By your commitment to supporting poor and voiceless prisoners and ex-convicts, you have demonstrated to the world, the need to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor through the power of Sports.”

Christian Atsu in response to receiving the citation:

‚ÄúThere is the need to support them to prevent the situation, where they go back to re-offend society because of poverty.”

Football Ghana also revealed that Christian Atsu has provided funds to Awutu Prison Camp, in order to upgrade the football pitch for the inmates.

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