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Missing Cocaine: GRA Avoids ‘Media War’ With NACOB

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The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has stated it will not under any circumstance, engage in what could be perceived as a ‘media war’ with the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) over some missing 100.10 grammes of substance suspected to be cocaine.

The GRA in a statement revealed it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the handling and storage of the missing substance and when concluded, the outcome of these investigations and the findings of the Police Forensic Laboratory will be made public.

The statement revealed the sequence of events of how the arrest was made and NACOB’s involvement in the case.

Both state agencies, thus, NACOB and GRA have been at each other’s throat as to which of them should be held liable for the missing substance.

Read the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

The attention of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority has been drawn to media publications on the issue of 100.10 grammes of substances suspected to be narcotics which are alleged to have gone missing after a joint operation by security operatives at the Kpoglo border post in the Volta Region on Friday, 5th June 2020.

The Authority wishes to inform the public as follows:

1. On Friday, 5th June 2020, officers of the Customs Division on duty, together with other security operatives at the Kpoglo border post, intercepted a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado vehicle with registration number LSR 815 FV. Upon further investigation, some substances suspected to be narcotics and an amount of money in foreign currency amounting to USD 200,000 were found in the vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. All the items that were found in the vehicle were documented by the officers of the joint security operation at Aflao and handed over to the Customs Division for safekeeping.

2. On Monday 8th June 2020, before the items could be escorted to Accra to be handed over to the Narcotics Control Commission, local officials from the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOB) requested that the substances be verified to ascertain whether they were all intact. Again, this exercise was carried out in the presence of all the security operatives. It was detected that 100.10 grammes of the substance were unaccounted for.

3. Customs officers, together with Immigration Service officers escorted the intercepted items to Accra, but at Dawa, the vehicle developed a mechanical fault and the items were therefore escorted to Accra without the vehicle. However, the vehicle was towed to Accra the next day and remains in the custody of the Customs Division headquarters.

4. The items were handed over to the Commissioner Customs Division in the presence of invited media personnel. Another inventory was carried with the report detailing the description of the exhibits. The report acknowledged that 100.10 grammes of the substance was missing. However, officers of the Narcotics Control Commission refused to take delivery of the exhibits because the vehicle was not part of the items.

5. When NACOB officials refused to take delivery of the exhibits, the Commissioner Customs Division then directed that the exhibits should be handed over to the Police Forensic Laboratory for the necessary testing and the cash amounting to USD 200,000 was deposited at the Bank of Ghana.

6. We want to put it on record that the process of arrest, handling of and handing over of all the exhibits has been inclusive, transparent and was carried out with the utmost integrity on the part of the Customs Division.

7. In this regard, the Customs Division is currently carrying out detailed investigations into the circumstances surrounding the handling and storage of the missing substance. When concluded, the outcome of these investigations and the findings of the Police Forensic Laboratory will be made public.

8. This notwithstanding, the Customs Division wishes not to, under any circumstance, engage in what could be perceived as a ‘media war’ with fellow government agencies with whom it regularly works closely, especially when investigations are ongoing.

9. The Customs Division remains steadfast in carrying out its preventive functions at all the country’s borders and will not under any circumstance compromise on its mandate. We continue to cooperate with all state agencies, especially in joint border patrols in the common interest of good governance, including working with all other partner organisations and stakeholders to ensure the security and development of Ghana.

For: COMMISSIONER, CUSTOMS DIVISION

Signed FLORENCE ASANTE (MRS) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER COMMUNICATION & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Voter’s Register: Timely Intervention Of Muntaka Saves 7 ‘NPP Minors’ From Severe Beatings In Asawase

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Seven JHS Students who were allegedly bused by a tutor Bismark Okyere to register in the Asawase Constituency have been arrested after protests from NDC polling agents.

One student was first arrested when he was spotted in a queue attempting to register. The student upon sensing danger following the anger of the NDC supporters at the registration center attempted to run but luck eluded him when he was apprehended.

The timely intervention of the Incumbent NDC MP for the Area, Muntaka Mubarak prevented what would have been an unfortunate lynching by the vigilant NDC agents.

The student then confessed he was bused to the registration center by his teacher with 20 other final year students. He quickly pointed 6 other students who were already in queue to register. They were also arrested.

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Carlos Ahenkorah Must Be Prosecuted – Asiedu Nketia Spits More Fire

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The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia has laughed off President Akufo-Addo’s decision to let MP for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah off the hook because he has resigned.

According to General Mosquito, the resignation of the Member of Parliament for Tema West is not punitive enough for the harm he allegedly caused.

Carlos Ahenkorah resigned from his deputy ministerial position following severe backlash after admitting he breached COVID-19 protocols by visiting a registration centre despite being aware that he had tested positive for the virus.

In a Citi News interview during his tour of Voter Registration Exercise in the Volta Region, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the prosecution of the former Deputy Minister is the only way to show the government’s commitment to evenhandedly deal with offenders of the Coronavirus safety rules.

“There are positive cases identified at the Presidency, but nothing is happening. There have been positive cases identified in the house of Parliament, but Parliament is still sitting. Even when one case was identified in a factory, they close the factory down. You go to the hospitals, and when one case is identified, they close the ward down. Now in the House of Parliament where all these laws are made, they identified more than 13 cases in Parliament, and they are still sitting because they have to wait to pass laws to make Nana Akufo-Addo continue as President.” He said.

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OccupyGhana Calls For Prosecution Against Carlos Ahenkorah

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Pressure group, OccupyGhana has called on the Ghana Police to launch an investigation into Carlos Ahenkorah’s Covid-19 gaffe and prosecute him if found guilty.

In a statement issued on Friday July 3, 2020, the group expressed their disappointment with Mr Ahenkorah for abandoning isolation and coming out to public space knowing very well he has the Coronavirus.

“He has admitted that after testing positive for COVID-19, and before obtaining a subsequent negative test, he recklessly and callously put himself in the public space, visiting registration centres in the Tema West Constituency.

“By this, he put his fellow citizens at such high risk of contracting the coronavirus disease. As a minister of state of a government that is battling hard against this pandemic, he has shown a remarkable lack of good sense on the social and physical distancing that is required by law, on the pain of criminal prosecution,” the statement read.

Aside his resignation, the group wants an investigation and possible prosecution if found guilty.

It further asked the New Patriotic Party to make him stand down as their Parliamentary candidate.

“We also call on the New Patriotic Party to withdraw him as their candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections,” the group demanded.

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