There is no CCTV at Kumasi Central Prison, admits PRO

Kumasi Central Prisons Public Relations Officer has admitted that there are no CCTV cameras at the prison, but stressed that officers can work effectively without the cameras.

Speaking on Kessben Television’s morning show Adeakye Abia, ASP James Annan assured the public that security was tight at the prison as they have sentry posts who monitor inmates and all movements outside the prison.

“We as professional prison officers improvise in the absence of a camera to unravel certain investigations about previous occurrences, we are on top of our job,” he said.

Calm has been restored at the Kumasi Central Prison following a fire outbreak and what is being considered an attempted jail break on Wednesday, February 4.

The chaos led to the destruction of properties, injuries to prison wardens and the death of at least one inmate.

According to reports, 248 inmates have been transferred to other prison facilities in the region to decongest the facility and to allow for the repair of damaged materials and offices.

ASP Annan explained that the prison has not ceased operations following Wednesday’s incident but officers are on the ground working to manage the damage.

Admitting the severity of the damage done to the prison, the Ghana Prisons PRO said they are still counting their losses so he could not specify the cost of materials destroyed, adding that rehabilitation works are underway.

He further explained that they have recovered back-up data on inmates from computers and that these will be used to produce hard copy documents.