Contrary to a recent report in two local tabloids that the Officer-in-Charge of the Pademba Road Prisons, Mamoud Mustapha, kicked and spat at one condemned prisoner, Alhaji Kondeh; indepth investigations revealed that it was all lies.
The true story was that on Aprl 16th this year, Mr Mustapha was in his office when a group of prisoners and a warder came to him, saying that there was a matter they wanted him to resolve. He ushered them in and asked them to sit down.
The condemned prisoner, Alhaji Kondeh, who had also come with the others was standing close by the entrance. So Mr Mustapha asked the others whether Kondeh was part of them. They said no. “So I politely asked him to leave since the matter did not concern him, but he refused. When his fellow prisoners saw that he was being reluctant, it was them who finally asked him to leave without anyone touching him,” the O/C noted.
Further investigations revealed that when Alhaji Kondeh came out of O/C Mustapha’s office, he spent half of the day raining abusive language on the officer’s mother. But he was left to let his anger ran its course.
When the Officer-in-Charge of the Pademba Road Prisons, Mamoud Mustapha, was asked why the condemned prisoner, Alhaji Kondeh, was not restrained while he was “mammy cussing” him he said, “It is against prison procedure for an officer or warder to maltreat a prisoner let alone beat and spit at a prisoner.”
Also contrary to allegations in one of the two local tabloids which carried the report that O/C Mustapha has been maltreating and punishing prisoners “for supporting government’s action”, the officer disclosed that, “that’s not true. In fact sometime ago when some prisoners were infected with chicken pox and there was no medicine in the stores at the time I had to deep in my own pockets to buy medicine for them.”