An ex convict, Frank Amegashie who was incarcerated for 14 years claims it is very easy for a prisoner to escape from the Nsawam Maximum Prisons.
According to him, the prisoners are able to scale the high prison wall to gain their freedom.
“In our time, lots of the inmates tried to break jail but we stopped them, we reported them to the Prisons Management and they were severely punished. Mobile phones are very common in the prisons which should not be the case. Several of the prisoners who are foreigners are communicating with their relatives in Nigeria and the consequences could be dire. I’m a trained security officer, we’ve told officials about what is going on in the prisons.
“I’m telling you, it is very easy for prisoners at Nsawam Prison to break jail. Michael Power was the first person to jump the prison wall and go home, I can call him now for you to speak to him on air.” He told host Akwasi Nsiah on Ghana Kasa on Kasapa FM last Friday.
But a member of the Ghana Prison Service Communications team who was also on the same show, ASP Adjetey Cyriano disputed that claim insisting that security in the prison is very tight.
“How many escape attempts have we heard so far, I wouldn’t say there is a zero situation. There has been one or two but security in there is very tight, the officers are being very professional. It’s not easy to scale Nsawam Prison wall or break jail in Nsawam prison.
In November 2016, it was reported that following an attempted jail break by the notorious criminal, Johnson Kombian, and two others, the Nsawam Medium Security Prison was locked down.
Eastern Region Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, DSP Courage Atsem, told News men that officers on duty at the prison foiled the jail break attempt.
“There was an attempted escape [on Sunday], which was foiled by the officers on duty. Everybody is in intact. The Police have begun a full-scale investigation into the incident to get the full details of what occurred,” he confirmed.
Johnson Kombian murdered two policemen at Nakpanduri in the Northern Region was sentenced to death by hanging by the Accra Fast Track High Court.
He was also sentenced to 30 years for conspiracy to commit murder and to death by hanging for murder.