The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has demanded high professionalism from officials of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), in the discharge of their duties, following the alleged arrest and manhandling of two of its officials at the Kotoka International Airport last Saturday.
Messrs Divine Nkrumah and Richard Armah, the party’s National Youth Co-ordinator and Volunteers Coordinator respectively, were allegedly detained for more than three hours by unidentified officials of the NACOB at the airport, on their return from an international conference in South Africa.
Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, the National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond, said the duo were among over 100 people going through arrival formalities when “they were picked up by NACOB officials…..in an embarrassing manner”.
According to him, the two were kept in isolated rooms before being released by the NACOB with no explanation for their arrests andonly told they were working on orders.
“We cannot live in a state similar to the revolutionary days we once had in our political dispensation. Indeed, this is a constitutional era and we expect the NACOB to be a respecter of the law in Ghana,” he said.
“We wish to call on the NACOB and its agents to allow for lawful procedures when intending to conduct investigations, if there is the need at all. Words like ‘we will show you’, ‘we have the power to detain you’, ‘if you ask further questions we will seize your passports because they belong to the state’, in our view are just evidence of abuse of state power and must be checked”, Nii Allotey said further.
He assured that the PPP as a law-abiding party with law-abiding followership is prepared to collaborate with the narcotic law formulation and enforcement agency any day, in the performance of its mandated duties, but stressed the need for NACOB officials to be given the requisite training to make their operations globally acceptable.
“We wish to place on record that we shall not be intimidated by any powers from above which do not want to see the success of the PPP in the next election”, he said and added that the PPP would continue to be on top of issues and push forward, the agenda for a reformed Ghana.
By Julius Yao Petetsi