Prison break: Officers to be armed

General News of Friday, 6 February 2015


Mark Woyongo Defence Minister GH

Interior minister, Mark Woyongo has reiterated government’s need to support prison officers with arms.

The Minister’s call comes in a wake of Wednesday’s mutiny that occurred at the Kumasi Central Prisons in the Ashanti region.

Prison inmates refused to return to their cells after a fire outbreak last night and as a result many assaulted the prison wardens while others attempted to escape, forcing police to turn to teargas and live ammunition in order to maintain order.

One person has been confirmed dead and five prisoner’s officers are severally injured during the revolts.

According to the Interior Minister, some of the inmates would be transferred to the Ankaful prisons in the Central Region and Nsawam prisons because the prison is decongested.

He indicated that in order to protect the prison officers at their post in the various prisons, his outfit will put in more efforts to get them armed so as to protect themselves from the inmates.

“My outfit will do as much to arm these officers in order to protect themselves from these wicked inmates. Our biggest challenge has to do with funds to help us achieve our aims.

Mr. Woyongo indicated that strengthening the security in the country is a major course he will embark as far as he remains the Interior minister.