Ghana: Convicts betray prison officers

Posted: January 15, 2010 in Crime
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Five convicts, who were arrested for allegedly possessing 299 wrappers of Indian hemp, have told an Nsawam Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr. Yaw Twumasi-Ankrah, that the items were supplied to them by three prison officers, who supervised them at the prisons farm.
The convicts, Kwasi Agyeman, David Oppong, Alex Korankye, Kwadwo Adams and Moses Tei, had concealed the dried leaves in their anuses, and managed to outwit security checks at the main gate of the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.
But, their smartness could not outmaneuver the intelligence of the authorities of the prisons, who had spies on them.
The three officers, Sergeant Moses Nwanwo, Corporal George Mensah and Sergeant Kufoalor, according to a source close to The Chronicle, had left for their various homes after security checks had been conducted at the main gate, but their accomplices were later arrested in the main yard, upon a tip-off.
One prisoner (name withheld), The Chronicle learnt, was instructed by the leadership of the prisons to inspect the convicts, by inserting his hand in their anuses without any medical officer present.
This harsh treatment yielded results, and 299 wrappers of Indian hemp were pulled out.
But, authorities of the prison have denied the allegation, and insisted the convicts were given water, after which they were made to squat after undressing.
Astonished by their discovery, one prison officer (name withheld), was said to have kicked the ribs of Kwasi Agyeman, who was later sent to the clinic for treatment.
The three prison officers were later on picked by the police, at the instance of the prison authorities, and were arraigned before court, together with their accomplices.
Detective Chief Inspector, Ernest Dei Ofei, District CID I/C Officer, told The Chronicle that the prison officers pleaded not guilty, and were granted GH¢5,000 bail each, with a surety to be justified.
According to him, the officers could not meet the demands outlined by the court, and were sent back to cells, to reappear with their accomplices on January 21, 2010.
“The pleas of the five convicts, who are currently serving various jail sentences, were also not taken,” he told The Chronicle.
According to Inspector Ofei, Prosecuting Police Inspector, Alex Cosmos, informed the court that three prison officers took the convicts to Alafia, a nearby village, to buy Tusker cigarettes and some dried leaves believed to be Indian hemp, when the convicts were sent to work on the prisons farm, on January 1, 2010.
The convicts according, to the prosecutor, smuggled some of the dried leaves, inserted them into their anuses, and brought them into the prison yard the same day. The prosecutor said the convicts were sent to work on the same farm the following day, and managed to insert the remaining substances into their anuses.
He said upon arrival at the main gate, the prison officers on duty became suspicious and conducted a thorough search on them, where the suspected Indian hemp were removed from their anuses.
Chief Inspector Ofei told The Chronicle that the convicts identified the three prison officers after their arrest on January 5th, 2010.

  1. Antoinette, Canada says:

    These prison officers must be punished severely by the government.


  2. Akua Nyamekeye, US says:

    A big disgrace to our beloved country Ghana for a prison wardens/officers to be supplying convicts with cannabis /wee . I hope the presiding judge lavish the appropriate sanctions on them to serve as deterrant to other officers .


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