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Inmate escapes from Kumasi Central Prisons

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Officials at the Kumasi Central Prisons are yet to come to terms with how a remand inmate of the Prison escaped from custody on the 3rd of this month, without any trace of the escape route.
Up till now, the Prisons staff are still in shock even though they consider the incident, said to be the first since the construction of the facility, a mystery considering the fact, that despite several checks after the escape, both colleague inmates and wardens cannot explain how the unfortunate incident took place, especially, when the Cubicle in which the fugitive and about 50 other remand prisoners were being held remains intact, while all the other occupants are still around.
Speaking to GBC’s Correspondent in Kumasi, the Public Relations Officer of the Kumasi Central Prisons, DSP Richard Bukari, described the escape of the man who was on a two-week remand from a court, as mind-boggling, given that the room-mates of the escapee have confirmed that he was with them throughout the day and night, prior to the incident and that they also wonder how the man vanished when they woke up the following morning without any sign of his escape route.
DSP Bukari said although the record show that the last time a prisoner escaped when they were sent to perform labour outside is about 50 years, no inmate has ever escaped from inside the facility while under strict guard.
The PRO noted that the regional Command of the Service considers the incident regrettable and accepts full responsibility for the matter and is therefore fully cooperating with investigations being conducted concurrently by three different Committees to unravel circumstances relating to the escape.
DSP Bukari gave assurance that in spite of the development, the Prisons Command remains very committed to its core mandate of ensuring safekeeping of both convicted and remand persons brought into the facility.
It appeals to the public to remain calm and confident in the Command as everything humanly possible is being done, in partnership with other security services in the region, to recapture the escapee to face justice.

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