Amoateng To Be Quizzed By NACOB

Eric AmoatengThe former New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoa-teng, who was released after serving a 10-year jail term in the United States of America, is expected to arrive in the country on Thursday.

On arrival, he would be picked up by officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) for a debriefing, during which he would be expected to provide information on what transpired during his incarceration in the US.

A highly placed source at NACOB hinted The Ghanaian Times on phone yesterday that, Amoateng would also be made to complete a form on his personal data to enable NACOB to track his location, movement and other activities.

The source indicated that the procedure of filling the form was not peculiar to Amoateng alone, adding that it was a general guideline that every deportee on drug offences was supposed to follow.

Under normal circumstances, according to the source, the releasing country would inform Ghana, onwardly to NACOB, but as of yesterday, no information on his deportation was received but was hopeful that information on him would be communicated from the American Embassy.

Amoateng was arrested in the United States on December 11, 2005 for illegal possession of 136 pounds of heroin with a street value of about 6 million dollars.

He was consequently sentenced to a 10-year jail term by a US court, presided over by Judge David G. Tragger on December 12, 2007.

Amoateng’s seat in the Ghana Parliament thus became vacant and so, the then Speaker of Parliament, Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes, on January 30, 2007, directed that his long absence from parliament be investigated.

Amoateng, sent a resignation letter, dated, February 4, 2007, to the Speaker, which was accepted.

A by-election was thus held on March 13, 2007 and Major Derrick Oduro (retired) won to replace Amoateng, 16 months after his arrest.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour


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