Ghana’s Drug Scandal Turns Political

The alleged trafficker, Nayele Ametefe was arrested on 9 November in the UK over drug trafficking alongside three officials have since been charged in Ghana.

Media reports in Accra now show that the alleged cocaine bust has now assumed a political dimension in a case that has sparked sharp criticism with the opposition and the governing party trading accusations.

On Tuesday, Dominic Nitiwul, a member of the opposition appeared in parliament with three bags of rice weighing around 13kg questioning how a similar amount of cocaine could evade customs and security officials at the airport.

The government has since denied any involvement in what the local media has dubbed "the cocaine scandal".

President John Mahama also rubbished reports that Ms Ametefe was linked to his family.

Three foreign affairs officials have also been charged with aiding and abetting Ms Ametefe by allegedly allowing her to use the airport's "VVIP lounge", a reference to the presidential lounge.

Reports also indicate that West Africa is a major transit-point for smuggling cocaine to Europe.

By Rehema Juma

Source: BBC


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