A Security Researcher, Dr kwesi Aning, has urged NACOB to immediately clarify whether it truly collaborated with the UK officials in the arrest of Ms Nayele Ametefe with 12.5kg of cocaine in her suitcase.
Speaking to Accra-based radio station, Starr FM, Friday Dr Aning said: “Heads should not only roll, we need to let heads roll but even more importantly to ensure that we can bring the credibility of the institution back on track.”
He was speaking after UK authorities discounted claims that they collaborated with NACOB in apprehending Ms Ametefe.
A statement issued Friday by the British High Commission in Accra said: “UK authorities had no prior knowledge of the intentions of Nayele Ametefeh before flying from Accra to London on 9/10 November.”
The High Commission said although the UK has been collaborating with NACOB since 2006, the nature of the partnership requires that potential drug traffickers are prevented from boarding flights to the UK in order to traffic drugs.
“UK authorities work closely with NACOB to ensure that, wherever possible, any potential drug trafficker to the UK from Ghana is arrested here in Ghana and not permitted to board a flight in order to traffic drugs,” it noted.
Dr Aning told the radio station that the statement by the UK authorities damages the reputation of NACOB and Ghana.
“NACOB should issue an explanatory statement as quickly as possible because if an institution with the reputation of NACOB, has been caught in the fabrication of facts, then I think Ghana’s reputation has been considerably damaged than the actual transportation of drugs,” Dr. Aning said.
“Its [NACOB] credibility has been questioned and it’s important for NACOB itself as an institution and certainly for government as well to ensure that we get an explanation as quickly as possible.
“There are several explanations that NACOB must come up with and they must be quick and they must be very convincing this time round…It’s not only disturbing but terribly disappointing., he added.
Ms Ametefe was arrested on Monday, November 10, 2014, while going through arrival formalities at the Heathrow Airport.
She had in her possession two suitcases, one of which contained the drug.
Ms Ametefe left the KIA on November 9, 2014 on board a British Airways flight number BA 078 from Accra to London.
She is expected to appear in court in the UK on 27th November over the matter.
Source: Graphic online