Akrasi Sarpong Won’t Resign!-Gbevlo-Lartey Defends NACOB Boss Over Drug Trade


The National Security Coordinator Larry Gbevlo-LarteyAkrasi Sarpong Won’t Resign!-Gbevlo-Lartey Defends NACOB Boss Over Drug Trade

03 September 2012

The National Security Coordinator Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, has jumped to the defence of Akrasi Sarpong, the embattled Executive Secretary of the Narcotic Control Board who is contemplating resigning his position over what he has admitted to be the failure of the systems and people he had put in place to combat the drug menace in the country.



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Border officials in charge of Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom Monday, September 24, made their biggest cannabis seizure in three years after containers arriving on a plane from Ghana were found with drugs worth 4.3million.

The drugs, which weighed around 1.5 tonnes, were found in three separate freight containers filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. They were tape-wrapped in compressed packages within boxes on the flight from Accra.

Just a day after the record seizure, another consignment of cocaine with a street value of 750,000, concealed inside plantains, within a larger freight consignment of fruit and vegetables from Ghana, was also seized by officials at the airport.

So far five officials of NACOB have since been arrested, while investigations continue. Even though Akrasi Sarpong has admitted openly, and taken responsibility for the failure of the system, the National Security Coordinator, Gbevlo Lartey, insists the NACOB boss has not done anything wrong to warrant his dismissal or resignation.

But speaking on Adom FM yesterday, Effah-Dartey, a former board chairman of NACOB, added that National Security Coordinator Col Larry Gbevlo Lartey should also be made to resign or be fired. “if they can sit down and allow $10m worth of drugs to pass out of Ghana, they should resign, they should go,” the former Member of Parliament for Berekum insisted.

He challenged Mr. Akrasi Sarpong to be bold and “admit and accept that his whole security and investigative machinery has collapsed,” while urging Gbevlo Lartey to admit failure to deliver.

“We are losing the drug war because we rush too much,” he lamented, explaining that in other jurisdictions, particularly in America, “they allow new drug mules to operate and trail them to root out the entire link. In Ghana we just arrest them and allow the big people to go scot free.”

Source: thestatesmanonline.com



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