The incident prompted the officials to lock down the Nsawam Medium Security Prison.
Speaking on the attempted jail break, DSP Courage Atsem, the Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, confirmed the incident, saying
‘What I can confirm is that, there was an attempted escape last night [Sunday], which was foiled by the officers on duty. Everybody is in intact; the Police have started a full scale investigation into the incident to get the full details of what occurred.’
The notorious inmate who was sentenced in October 2010 after he was charged with murder and conspiracy for killing two police officers and leaving another injured in the Nakpanduri area of the Northern region, initially escaped from the Nsawam Medium Security Prison and fled to his hometown.
In November 2010, he was re-arrested through the efforts of INTERPOL, when he crossed the border at Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District to visit his girlfriend on November 19, 2010. On August 19, 2015, Johnson Kombian was sentenced to death by hanging on two counts of murder, after a seven-member jury returned a guilty verdict. He is also serving a 30-year jail term on the charge of conspiracy.