August 8, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu –Asare has said the supposed clearance of opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) Presidential candidate Nana Akufo Addo by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States of America, would not stop the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) from questioning the NPP’s commitment to the fight against narcotic drugs.

He said the erstwhile NPP government while in office lacked the commitment to wage a war on illicit drug trade and had serious difficulties handling seized narcotic drugs under their watch.

The MP’s remark comes in the wake of suggestions from some NPP sympathizers that the DEA having cleared Nana Akufo Addo should end allegations that he indulges in illegal drugs trade and the NPP being a “cocaine loving party”.

In response to a letter of enquiry/verification of information sent to the DEA’s Accra Country office at the Embassy of the United States in Ghana to ascertain whether Nana Addo, was once arrested at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport by US anti-narcotics authorities for allegedly possessing illicit drugs, Mr. Jeffery P. Breeden, the Head of the outfit, underscored that “the two letters you sent me are from LEGITIMATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES in the US which state THE SUBJECT HAS NO CRIMINAL RECORD IN THE US’’.

“I see no need to provide any further verification reference this issue”, emphasised Mr. Breeden.

However speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday, the Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu –Asare stated that in as much as he would not want to contest the clearance, of Nana Addo, the Party (NPP) that he leads had several issues with drugs which Ghanaians must continue to interrogate.

“It is unbelievable how it was possible for seized cocaine in the exhibit room of the Police headquarters under CCTV cameras could vanish into thin air without the culprits being nabbed, the issue of the 77 parcels of cocaine which went missing and has not been found till date is also fresh in our minds and we need to continue to question the commitment of the NPP on this issue’’ he said.

Story : Kwadwo Anim/