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Minority demands independent probe into ‘mysterious’ disappearance of cocaine at Aflao

The Minority in Parliament is demanding an independent investigation into the mysterious disappearance of cocaine in the country.

Some 100.10 grams of a whitish substance suspected to be high-value cocaine is alleged to have gone missing days after it was intercepted at the Kpoglu border post in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta region.

Media reports indicate that the seized substance vanished in the custody of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at the Aflao border post.

This has led to accusations and counter-accusations by officials of the two institutions at the centre of the saga — the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) and the Customs.

In a bid to unravelling the actual circumstances leading to the disappearance of the alleged cocaine, Ranking Member of Parliament’s Defense and Interior Committee, James Agalga, wants the government to set up an independent Commission of Inquiry to get to the bottom of the matter, just as was done during the Kufuor administration.

Addressing the media in Parliament today, the Builsa North MP, said some top officials of the two security agencies might have been compromised in the saga.

“In response to the lamentations of the Director-General of NACOC in relation to the missing cocaine, the Minority calls for the immediate setting up of an independent committee of inquiry to establish amongst others, the circumstances under which the cocaine impounded by NACOC and entrusted in the custody of the Customs Division of GRA disappeared.”

“It is the expectation of the Minority that, the current government will follow precedent by allowing an independent body to thoroughly investigate the Aflao cocaine saga.”

Mr Agalga also described as disturbing and worrying, the lack of cooperation between security agencies in the country, and questioned how the impounded truck entered the country despite the closure of borders.

“Are the security agencies namely; NACOC, Customs, Immigration, police and the BNI not required to collaborate in their quest to protect our country against the commission of cross-border crimes such as drug trafficking, smuggling, child trafficking, and even terrorism?” he quizzed.

“Is it not the case that at the level of the National Security Council Secretariat(NSCS), there exist the Joint Intelligence Committee(JIC) which coordinates the operations of all security and intelligence agencies with the view to promote efficiency, information sharing and also to root out unnecessary turf wars?”

Explaining further, he noted that “the lack of synergy amongst the country’s security agencies at our borders mirrors the failure of the leadership of President Akufo-Addo as Chairman of the National Security Council. Such failure portends grave danger to our national security as a whole.”

 

 

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