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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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Achimota Rastafarian Lawyer Resigns From NDC; Says Current Leadership Cannot Deliver Social Democratic Ideology

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Mr George Tetteh Wayoe, the lawyer who represented the Rastafarian students in a suit against Achimota SHS has resigned from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In a statement he said “I must resign and align myself with a political Party I strongly believe can deliver on this social democratic ideology in a more ‘practical manner’ for the rapid development of Ghana for her future generations.”

Below is his full statement:

I am Wayoe Ghanamannti, formerly known as George Tetteh Wayoe in the records of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’ since 1gg2, I have been a sympathizer and thereafter an official member of the NDC, solely because of the Party’s political ideology of being a “Social Democratic party”.

ln 2004, as a media personality with Space FM in the Western Region, I met Former President Mills and from that point thereon started to work vigorously for the course of the NDC. h 2AA7, as a student activist, I met Former President Mahama, who was then a Member of Parliament, and in 2008, as President of Unity Hall on the KNUST campus, l worked with other NDC members in the Ashanti Region for the party’s victory in that year’s elections.

ln the 2012 general elections, l worked tirelessly for the success of the Party and was visible on TV3 during the Eight months long 2012 Presidential Election Petition to defend our Party’s political fortunes for a continuous stay in government to keep the social democratic discourse alive.

It is of prominence, to present herein that my fidelity to the course of our Party has been very strong. Before the 2012 elections, my Learned Friend and now Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapour, then an officer in the office of the President, Nana Akufo Addo, then Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, took a couple of classmates from our Law School class to meet Nana Addo, in an entourage of which I was a member.

Yet, I refused to cross carpet because my social democratic nature and belief would not allow me. Many months after our meeting with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, my Learned Friend kept insisting that Nana Akufo-Addo would like to see me again because Nana believed in young Ghanaians who were passionate about our country.

Yet, I kept telling my Learned Friend that, I cannot become an NPP person because of ideological differences and that my conscience will not rest if I jettison my social democratic nature for any other political ideology.

This is how strong my loyalty is in respect of the political ideology our Party is supposed to be manifesting. However, over the years, my resolution to continue to be a member of the NDC based on it being a social democratic Party, that puts this ideology in real practice has gradually diminished.

The NDC I envisage, as a Party that is to take this nation onto a more prosperous path, where the coming generation of Ghanaians, would wake up daily and look over the horizon and say, yes, our future is bright, I am at pains to say that, is not the NDC I see in sight.

Yesterday, 1Oth of June 2021 during the 29th Anniversary of the Party, the National Chairman called for the reopening of the Party’s Hero’s Fund, to reward party members for remarkable services. This call reminds me of a series of ‘Constitutional Amendments’ which a team I led put forward at the last National Delegates Congress.

These proposed amendments were tailored to reorganise the Party’s structural base so that ordinary members who serve their entire lives for the Party and who do not gain any meaningful public office could be recognised and reflected in the holistic family character of the Party when in and out of government.

It is not surprising that ‘none’ of the over Fifteen (15) proposed amendment Clauses was even recognised for tabling at the Congress and as usual, the fear of them being jettisoned, was realised.

Accordingly, my resolution, which some other members can hold otherwise, is that the real social democratic discourse I hope to see for the rapid development of our nation cannot be realised by the current governance style of the NDC.

Therefore, as a true and brazen Social Democrat, I must resign and align myself with a political Party I strongly believe can deliver on this social democratic ideology in a more “practical manner’ for the rapid development of Ghana for her future generations.

On this note, based on my convictions, I have no option than to resign from the NDC, which I so do by this letter. lt was a political journey of highs and lows with the NDC, I wish the NDC well and I know my position on the Greater Accra Legal Committee, would be filled by an able NDC Lawyer.

I am convinced to move on, so I can render my political contributions to ‘any other social democratic party’, to help advance its political course for the practical realisation of this ideology for Ghana’s advancement.

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Coup Plotters Wanted To Bomb NCA, Block Jubilee House And Arrest Akufo-Addo, Bawumia At One Function –

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Members of Take Action Ghana (TAG), alleged coup plotters facing prosecution in court planned to engage in series of attacks including arresting President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Speaker of Parliament and the Chief Justice at one function.

According to prosecution witness Colonel Isaac Amponsah during a cross examination in the case of ACP Benjamin Agorzor and nine others, the group planned to bomb NCA in order to shut down radio stations, block al entry and exit routes to Jubilee house among others.

“On the 5th July, conversation between Dr. Mac Palm and the BNI informant who had infiltrated the TAG, Dr. Mac Palm gave details of all the plan including the blocking of 66 Artillery Regiment, the Jubilee House, and indicated that they will block all the exit and entry route so that Ofori-Atta and all the big guys cannot escape”, Colonel Amponsah told an Accra High Court.

He further stated Dr. Mac Palm “also talked about capturing of the president and referred to a function that took place in the north”.

He stressed that at the said function, “the President was there, Vice President was there and the Speaker of Parliament was there and he indicated that he didn’t see the Chief Justice and they are looking for a function where all four are present so they can capture them”.

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Wife Of KK Sarpong’s Driver Who Flaunted Large Wads Of Dollars, Has Been Shot Dead

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The Ashanti Regional Police Command of the Ghana Police Service is investigating the alleged murder of the wife of an aide to Dr KK Sarpong, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Nana Prempeh.

Benedicta Abena Pokua was shot dead Saturday evening by unknown assailants while driving at the forecourt of Joefel Restaurant at Dichemso, a suburb of Kumasi.

Recounting the incident on Akoma FM‘s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma on Monday, June 14, husband Nana Prempeh told host of the show Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “while on our way from Joefel Restaurant, my wife was driving my white Range Rover with a customized registration number PREMPEH 1- 21”.

“She was driving ahead of me while I was in a different car. All what I saw was someone had rushed her and opened gun fire at her. They shot multiple times and sped off.”

Nana Prempeh in a sobbing voice explained that he is convinced the armed men were coming for him but little did they know he had swapped cars with his wife.

Police are tight-lipped on the issue as it is yet to go public.

The assailants are still at large as investigation is underway to unravel the killers of Abena Pokua.

Source: 3News

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