Former prison officer, Lance Corporal Abibulai Nankpa has shared his sad story and has further advised the people of Ghana, especially the youth the take a cue from his situation.
Quoting the exact words of the former prison officer, he said;
“Prison is a home for everybody. I was once a prison officer but circumstances brought me here. I would like to advice everybody that you should be careful with your private parts. Prison is a hell on earth.”
He was serving at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison, and narrating his story he revealed that his journey with the service came to an end on the afternoon of 5th August 2016 from 2011 when he was arrested by guards of the facility as he attempted to throw some substances believed to be Indian hemp to inmates in the yard.
However, he stated that he is very innocent although he was convicted by a Cape Coast Circuit Court in 2018.
He noted that while on admission at a health facility after his arrest, he almost committed suicide due to the fact that he suspected he had been framed up. He was unable to carry out this plan because he was persuaded by other colleagues.
“I have been convicted of a crime I am not guilty of. When the prisoners saw me being brought in as one of them, most of them wept.”, he said.
He disclosed how passionate he was about the welfare of the inmates to the extent he had to bend the rules to make the prisoners happy, something which may have informed the reason why some shed tears and other encouraging him as he was being ushered into his new home.
Quizzed if his wife will wait for him to spend 13 years and come out he said “my wife has been very supportive it is rather unfortunate she is not working.”
He advised others not to make the kind mistakes he did resulting in his incarceration.