- A prison officer, Second Class Officer Abibula Nankpa, has been jailed for dealing in narcotics
- In addition, he is to be dismissed from the Ghana Prison Service
A Circuit Court in Cape Coast has sentenced Second Class Officer Abibula Nankpa, a prison officer to 13 years imprisonment in hard labour.
Nankpa was jailed for dealing in narcotic substances with prison inmates.
He was arrested by guards at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison in August 2016, as he attempted to throw some substances believed to be Indian hemp to inmates.
On Monday, April 30, 2018, he was found guilty of the crime and consequently and his since commenced his term at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison.
In addition, he is set to be dismissed by the Ghana Prisons Service, as a result of his action.
The Central Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, DSP Daniel Machator, noted that the Service will not hesitate to arrest and deal with any officer or members of the public who attempt to deal in narcotics at the prison.
He added that the number of guards placed at different points at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison, coupled with the arrest and conviction of their own officer, is a reminder to the public that they will not spare any offender.
“He was apprehended by officers, which means that steps are already in place. In some instances, they (visitors) try to hide these contraband in food items, in clothes that are going to the inmates and officers also hide it in their boots, under their belts etc”, DSP Machator revealed.
He went on to say that no security system is full-proof, hence some of the infractions may occur at the blindside of authorities.
The Service, he said, however periodically organizes searches, in order to retrieve such items.
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