This paper has gathered that a strange disease has hit the Gbarnga Central Prison in Bong County, killing at least one inmate, an inside source has confirmed.
According to our Bong County correspondent, the Gbarnga Central Prison is currently overcrowded and approximately twenty percent of the prisoners at the facility are pretrial detainees.
“The information I am giving you is factual, but I don’t want you to call my name in your report. I am one of the prisoners in here and things are very difficult for us since I was brought in this cell,” a source says. “Just last night, one person died and as I speak, more than twenty persons are paralyzed,” the insider says further.
Another source at the prison facility says rehabilitation officers have threatened to descend on any prisoner who tells the public inside happenings of the Gbarnga Central Prison.
However our source says life has become completely difficult, adding that while they are being held for multiple crimes they have committed, they are not being treated kindly by government.
“I was guilty of criminal facilitation and conspiracy after my colleagues convinced me to support their armed robbery act and as I speak, I have served three years now since 2017, but I don’t know whether I will maintain my life up to 2021,” he adds.
Our Bong County correspondent who disguised himself as a visitor, says some of the prisoners are unable to walk and are calling on human rights institutions to intervene.
They want for the government to allow prisoners whose conditions are worse to go for treatment and later come back to serve their jail sentence. A correction officer at the Gbarnga Central Prison who also begged for anonymity expresses fear that the overcrowding of the prison might lead to jail break like what happened in 2017.
The officer warns that this is risky for the lives of officers at the facility.
It can be recalled that more than twenty person escaped the prison during the 2017 jailbreak, a situation that the correction officer does not want to be repeated.
The prison officer confirms the current disease at the facility, but says their clinic ran out of drugs, making it difficult to cater to prisoners whenever they get sick.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley