After spending eight (8) cumulative months in prison and police cells, 38-year-old Yaw Sam is finally freed. The young man for the generosity of some Ghanaians has gotten his GHC1,800.00 fine settled, and can now get home peacefully.
But then there is an emotional story to his days spent in prisons. Yaw Sam had been a victim of hostility in the Ankaful Main Prisons until he was moved to the Ewutu Camp Prisons whereby some grace has been set free.
Yaw Sam cried uncontrollably as he was interviewed about his life in prison. He expressed regret for falling foul of the law, and thus promised not to allow himself to entrap by the actions that will end him in prison again.
Recounting what he’s suffered at the Ankaful Main Prison, Yaw Sam said the inmates at the facility were very hostile, and the meals given to them were terrible. He said that his days being held at the prison was very traumatizing as he was on several instances provoked by some violent groups to retaliate with aggression.
“I was seriously traumatized there. It was a violent place. Some inmates could provoke you and get you to hit them. You surely will not get your peace of mind. Feeding was very bad. Their meals were terrible. The soup they will give you is highly deficient in nutrients. Even dogs won’t eat that food,” he said.
Asked how he managed to survive the experience, Yaw Sam said he was fortified by God through a vision he had whilst in police cells. According to him, God urged him that the days to be spent in prison should be marked with humility. He indicated that for his humility and repenting lifestyle, the prison officer favoured him greatly.
He mentioned that life could have been worst if God had not intervened.
“My wife kept visiting and when she arrives she cries. Raising money for her return was an issue,” he added.
Comparing his experience in the Ewutu Camp Prison, Yaw Sam said his stay has been most fulfilling. He disclosed that it was at the camp that he got into good contact with God and repented fully. He noted that life had been better, and with the privilege granted him, he would continue to preach the gospel.