Abu Sufiano Yahya, 23 years who was given a 12 years prison sentence for snatching a woman’s handbag in 2016 at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
According to Crime Check Ghana, a television channel dedicated to the fight against crime. They serve as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which helps in assisting people who have been accused wrongfully.
Yahya passed his Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) while with his inmates and wardens.
Luckily for him, he won an appeal and was released from prison last year December. Sadly he claimed he has been refused from 3 secondary schools because he is an ex-convict.
Read full details from his interview from Crimecheckghana below;
“All the schools I tried to get admission asked me to go back to my former school for a recommendation letter before they can admit me. The Awe SHS head teacher after reading the recommendation from the Kumasi Central Prison where I wrote my BECE, told me unless I go to the Ghana Education Service head office in Accra he wouldn’t be in the position to admit me.”
He added that, “the Fumbisi Head teacher who seemed willing to admit me said he would get into trouble if he enrolls me in the school”.
According to Yahaya, he was convicted by a Kumasi High Court for stealing and was jailed to serve twelve years at the Kumasi Central Prison after he and his accomplice snatched someone’s bag in Kumasi. “I engaged in untoward behaviour for sometime before my conviction. Now, I have repented”. He said.
The young ex-convict said he served four years of his term after his family members appealed his sentence following the death of his father. This he said was because his presence was required to enable the family undertake a ritual for his deceased father. “The appeal of my sentence cost Six Thousand Ghana cedis. The money was raised by one of my uncles. I am my father’s first male child so I was needed to be present to enable the family carryout the ritual.” He said