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23.02.2006 General News

Prison officer cuts off his penis ...

... in suicide bid An officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Private Xonya Samora, who was being held in custody for allegedly smuggling 'wee' to prison inmates, has sliced off his manhood in an attempt to commit suicide.

Private Samora was found in a pool of blood in the cells at the James Town Police Station in Accra after he had used a sharp object to cut off his manhood late in the night.

He was rushed to the Police Hospital but was referred to the 37 Military Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

Samora was arrested, together with Chief Inspector Korsi Kpodo, who was alleged to have sent him to purchase the stuff for him.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Mr Douglas Akrofi Asiedu, who made this known in Accra, said on February 18, 2006 the Deputy Director of Prisons, Mr Alhassan Legibo, accompanied by ASP Daniel Yamoah, reported to the police that Private Samora, who was on night duty at the James Fort Prison, had smuggled two big parcels of leaves suspected to be Indian hemp into the prisons.

He said Samora was subsequently arrested by other officers on duty and when he was searched, the substance was found concealed on him.

Mr Asiedu said upon interrogation by the prison officers, Samora mentioned Chief Inspector Kpodo as the one who sent him to go and buy the 'wee' for him to supply to the inmates.

The regional commander said the two were arrested and later handed over to the James Town Police for further investigations.

He said it was while he was in the cells that Xonya attempted to end his life by cutting off his manhood with an object.

He was found lying in a pool of blood by the station officer when he went round to inspect the cells.

Mr Asiedu said the whole cell was searched but no object was found.