It has emerged that fighting that erupted in the Nsawam prisons over the week-end was not caused by religions sentiments but deep seated homosexual acts in the prisons.

An informant has told Ghana that a long serving prisoner who is seen as a lord by both inmates and prison officers had tried to have anal sex with a junior inmate and upon refusal, fight had exploded between the pro and anti gay inmates.

According to the informant, the senior inmate, popularly referred to as ‘Black Coat’ had wooed the junior into the act but the junior refused and reported the act to another inmate.

The informed inmate, who is the Muslim mentioned in earlier reports, acting as the protagonist in the matter approached the ‘Black Coat’ and upon realizing that his act had been blown up, the senior inmate attacked the one who had come to question him about his homosexual  escapade.

Indeed recent reports have indicated that homosexuality abounds in Ghanaian prisons and this news only comes to confirm the extent to which the canker has eaten into our prisons.

The informant indicated that the officers in the prisons are aware of such acts but they are either reluctant to help curb the act or are incapable of doing anything about it due to the extent that it has reached.

Incompetent warden

Talking about life in the cells, the informant mentioned that the warden for the Nsawam prisons has been very incompetent in handling affairs in the prisons and that a change should be made sooner than later if the correctional intent of the Nsawam prison is to be witnessed.

According to him, the former warden of the prisons had been proficient enough in handling affairs but the current head has failed to see to prisoners’ health and food needs.  A prisoner according to him is made to pay for his own health while food served is sometimes littered with filth.

The warden has brought division in the cells which at periodic times raises tension amongst the prisoners.

Over the weekend, reports indicated that for over thirty minutes prisoners in the Nsawam Prisons had clashed over religious sentiments.

A leader of a muslim faction in the prisons is believed to have slapped a long term prison inmate popularly known as ‘Black Coat’.

The  informant who spoke on Breakfast TV however indicated that the  clashes was not due to religious differences and that situation in the prisons should be addressed before situation gets out of hand.

Benjamin Agyei-Boateng/

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