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Coke saga: Minority wants NACOB made a C’ssion

"The Minority in parliament is calling for a total overhaul of the current setup "

Source: starrfmonline

Posted on : Wed 26 Nov 2014

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The Minority in parliament is calling for a total overhaul of the current setup of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) by transforming the anti-drug state agency into a Commission clothed with prosecutorial powers.

At a press conference Wednesday on the current cocaine bust in the UK, of a Ghanaian Lady, Nayele Ametefeh with 12.5 kilos of cocaine, the minority said NACOB must also be run by apolitical people who have security and intelligence expertise.

Deputy Minority Leader Dominic Nitiwul told STARR NEWS’ Parliamentary correspondent Kobby Gomez Mensah after the press conference that: “We believe that the situation where NACOB has been taken over by politicians who have political interests in defending their political parties should be stopped immediately.

“We must revert to the original situation where NACOB is being operated by top security experts who have the nation’s interest at heart,” Nitiwul said.

Ametefeh was busted by UK authorities on 9/10 November 2014 at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Three suspects have been charged with abetment of crime, exportation of narcotic drugs contrary to sections 56 (c) and 1 (1) of the Narcotic Drugs (Control, Enforcement and Sanctions) Act, 1990 (PNDC law 236).

They include a deputy director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiel Ashitey Armah; Ahmed Abubakar, Protocol Officer; and Kissi Theophilus.

According to the state-owned Daily Graphic, nine others including two ladies – Nana Akua Amponsah and Sadalia Sandra Nuhu – who were traveling with Ametefeh on the fateful day of her arrest, have been rounded up in connection with the controversial cocaine haul.

The two ladies are suspected to have abandoned their luggage and absconded from the Heathrow International Airport upon realising that Ametefeh, alias Ruby Adu-Gyamfi, had been arrested by officials of Her Majesty's Border Agency.

The others are Paa Kwesi Acquah, Sandra’s boyfriend; Mustapha Kilba, a cousin of Akua Amponsah, and Faisal Khadar, an American.

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