November 26, 2014

The Minority in Parliament has called for the constitution of a bipartisan parliamentary committee to investigate the case of the arrest of Nayele Ametefe, a Ghanaian woman in the United Kingdom for trafficking cocaine.

According to the group, the inconsistent responses from key government operatives including the Ministers of Communications and Foreign Affairs call for the intervention of Parliament.

Nayele Ametefe Aka Ruby Adu Gyamfi, who exited Ghana using the VVIP lounge at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, was arrested by UK authorities at Heathrow two weeks ago for attempting to traffic 12.5 kg of cocaine.

Addressing the Press conference in Parliament on Wednesday, the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu expressed surprise why the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) has thus far maintained a stony silence and allowed the ministry responsible for information to misinform the country.

He further wondered how it became possible for the cocaine lady to use the VVIP lounge when it is now public knowledge that she does not qualify to use that facility, and also who aided her to traffic the drug out of Ghana.

“If the purpose of NACOB’s lie was to ride on the back of a credible partner to prevent any local inquisition into the Nayele Ametefeh cocaine scandal, then the question to ask is, whose bidding was NACOB doing? Was the Mahama government behind the NACOB’s deception?” Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu quizzed.

Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu added that going forward the Minority is recommending that the position of the Executive Secretary of NACOB which has since 2009 reverted to the hands of politicians instead of professionals and intelligence operatives must go back to the latter to enhance efficiency and curb patronizing attitude of officials.

Again, the Draft Bill to turn NACOB into a Commission prepared in 2008 which has not yet been submitted to Parliament in spite of assurances from the Presidency since 2009 must be presented to Parliament immediately.

Kwadwo Anim/