Following Capt. (Rtd) Asaase Gyimah’s press statement on the ongoing Ruby Adu-Gyamfi cocaine arrest saga and after my interview with him on Eyewitness News on Wednesday November 26, 2014, the matter came up for discussion on the Thursday November 27 edition of the Citi Breakfast Show.
In my humble opinion, while the Former NACOB Board Chairman’s interventions have thrown more light on the issue, some critical questions remain unanswered.
Here they are:
1. Why did government not speak to any official at the Narcotics Control Board [NACOB] – at least according to Naval Capt Assassie-Gyimah – before making public its comments that NACOB practically lied that it collaborated with the British over the Ruby Appiah Cocaine case?
2. If NACOB indeed collaborated with the British, why will they simply not tell us the nature, shape and form of that partnership that led to Ruby’s arrest in the UK and the many other arrests that have subsequently been made here in Ghana?
3. What exactly informed President’s decision to dissolve the Governing Board of NACOB? Did it have anything to do with the Ruby case? What did the NACOB Governing Board do wrong? Did the dissolution of the BOARD have anything to do with what government calls false claims by the NACOB that it played a role in Ruby’s arrest? And, indeed, if the Board is simply responsible for providing policy direction for NACOB, why sack all the members for a “false” claim made by the Deputy Chief of NACOB, who belongs to the Administration wing of that institution?
4. What’s the nature of the relationship between the NACOB Board Chairman and the Executive Secretary? Why will the Board Chairman be investigating how Ruby and his accomplices managed to ferry drugs out of this country when in fact his job description is not to be a field agent? And why has Akrasi Sarpong seemingly refused to make public comments on exactly what he knows about the Angel Cocaine Saga?
5. If indeed there is video evidence from the CCTV cameras at the Kotoka International Airport showing how Ruby and her associates managed to ferry the drugs onto the British Airways flight, why has the State still not released the videos it has to clear all reasonable doubts about government’s accounts of what actually transpired? And why parade suspects, some of whom, to the best of our knowledge have not yet been charged formally of any crime, before journalists to reconstruct the various roles they played in Ruby’s abortive cocaine trip to the United Kingdom? By parading the suspects to reconstruct what happened on Nov 9, 2014, has the State not succeeded in compelling these suspects to give incriminating evidence against themselves – a conducts, if true, could amount to grievous breach of our constitution?
6. Is it true that NACOB on several occasions drew the attention of the government to rampant and open abuse of protocols at the VIP/VVIP Lounge to the extent that people who did not qualify to use the VIP/VVIP lounge used them without any effort by the State to restrain them? And why is it that the scanners at the VIP lounge belong to a private security firm and not the state? And is it standard practice at the KIA that ground staff takes all manner of things from wherever to people on board flights ready to depart Accra without Security at the airport stopping them? What does this mean in an age of global fight against terrorism for instance?
7. And, when the dismissed NACOB Board Chairman talks about an angry “god”, what did he mean by that? Who is that “god” and why is the so called “god” angry?
By: Richard Dela Sky/citifmonline.com/Ghana