Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday March 13, 2018
Firebrand Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central in the Central Region, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, wants officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) to be sacked by the government.
He alleged that NACOB officials at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are being ‘controlled’ by elements that have sinister motives against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and as a result, they must pay the price.
“Another bogus institution in this country today is NACOB,” the MP fired, stressing, “The president should crack the whip starting from the director to the cleaner and train new people for that job.”
The MP threw the bombshell on Oman FM’s ‘Boiling Point’ programme last Thursday when he revealed that former President John Mahama’s younger brother, Ibrahim Mahama, sent cars to the cargo section of the Kotoka International Airport, for shipment abroad for servicing on February 26, 2018.
He said the cars were to be processed by a private company called GH-Swissport Ghana Ltd, headed by a Lebanese, who has allegedly declared his private facility a ‘No Go’ area to National Security personnel operating at the airport.
Ken said during the clash between the National Security operatives and the private security people working for GH-Swissport Ghana over the cars, the NACOB officers were asked to come in and use their sniffer dogs to screen the cars before the shipment could be done.
The MP said strangely, the NACOB guys claimed the sniffer dogs were tired and so did not bring them to do the job.
“Can you believe that during the stalemate between National Security officials and Swissport Limited over Ibrahim’s cars, the NACOB was brought in but they said their dogs were tired?
“The NACOB guys are all NDC so they don’t care about what is happening. The thing is coming from Ibrahim and therefore, they were not prepared to do anything to help the state.
“What is going on is not the best. The NACOB boss has to go! All the guys working there have to be sacked!”
The outspoken MP wondered, “The danger in this is that the NACOB are telling us that their dogs are tired and therefore, they cannot work?”
He accused NACOB of complicity, warning, “We will not allow NACOB to connive with this Lebanese.
“This Lebanese has the audacity to do things with impunity at the airport. Not even National Security can enter his facility.
Who is this Lebanese having an authority on his own? He is controlling Ghanaian airport with his own private security arrangement and does not allow the National Security operatives into his facility?”
Mr Kennedy Agyapong also claimed that when the argument ensued over Ibrahim Mahama’s cars, some ‘big men’ in the ruling NPP were calling the National Security guys to release the car to the ex-president’s brother.
As a result, he threatened to expose all those bigwigs in the NPP who are “interceding” for people whom he claimed are “breaking” the law.
The MP said the National Security boss has to let Ghanaians know what transpired in the case.
“If we allow these things to go on at our ports, they can remove the government easily. They can bring in ammunition. It is very dangerous. National Security Minister Kan Dapaah, with due respect, should call them to order,” Ken angrily charged.
Mr. Agyapong further said that “the people are sabotaging every effort that we are making.”
According to him, “Things are being cleared at the GH-Swissport Limited facility without any supervision from the National Security because the Lebanese manager does not allow it.”