12:33, 13.Apr 2017
Ghana’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) is resourced enough to keep and protect illicit drugs seized at the airports pending investigations, Head of Communication at NACOB, Nana Osei Nkwantabisa, has said.
His comment follows doubts over the ability of the Board to ensure the security of drugs in its custody following the arrest of three people at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for illicit drug trafficking offences in the last few days.
Madugu Suraku, a Ghanaian, confessed to having ingested 35 pellets of a powdery substance suspected to be speedball. Maxwell Momo Golafale, a Liberian, had concealed in his luggage two slabs of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis sativa, and Daniel Njoku Agbuta, a Nigerian, had ingested 111 pellets of cocaine.
Assuring the public on how safe NACOB will keep the seized drugs, Mr Nkwantabisa told Emefa Apawu on 505 on Class91.3FM on Thursday 13 April that the drugs were safe.
“There hasn’t been any news for the past 10 years that drugs have gotten missing at the headquarters of the Narcotics Control Board. Narcotics Control Board is well resourced enough to keep this exhibit. When they have been tendered as evidence in court, they are brought back and kept at a very safe place. So I think we are 100 per cent sure that all the drugs being seized are being kept in a safe place and they are destroyed when the court gives the green light to do so,” he stated.