Ghana: Opposition Wants Inquiry into London Drug Bust

27 November 2014

The opposition New Patriotic Party has called for an investigation into how a Ghanaian woman who was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London with about 13 kilograms of cocaine, had access to the VIP lounge at the country's main airport, according to the BBC.

CitiFmOnline reports that 32-year-old Nayeli Ametefe went through screening at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana "without problems". Ghana has been gripped by the case, with some Ghanaians alleging that the suspected trafficker was carrying a diplomatic passport linked to President John Mahama.

President Mahama, who has sacked the entire leadership of the Narcotics Control Board, denied that Ms Ametefe had any links with his family. According to Capital News, three foreign ministry officials have also been arrested on suspicion of aiding Ametefeh.

The opposition is questioning how a drugs shipment that large could have escaped detection by airport security officials and wants a full-scale parliamentary inquiry to determine whether there was government complicity.

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