We are too optimistic to win fight against illegal drugs – Security Expert

A security expert, Kwesi Aning has said Ghana should not be too hopeful about winning the fight against illegal drugs.

He said the covering up of persons caught with illegal drugs by some influential members of society makes it impossible for the situation to be properly dealt with.

In an interview on Joy Midday News, Dr Aning said “the allegro about winning the fight against drugs is too optimistic, the fight cannot be totally won precisely because there are such powerful incentives that drive people involved and to cover up for people who are involved.”

He said there is the need for not only a law enforcement approach but also a public health approach if the country wants to win the battle and that “we need to declare it as a war and securitise the struggle against drugs.

He noted that people should be educated on the negative public health impacts of drugs.

Dr Aning’s comments follow the arrest of a woman at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom (UK) for carrying substances suspected to be cocaine.

Nayeli Ametefe was reportedly carrying cocaine weighing 12 kilograms valued at $5 million.

She held at the time of her arrest a Ghanaian passport with number G03764497 and an Austrian passport with number P4187659.

Ms Amatefe was also reported to have had in her possession a diplomatic passport but UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin who confirmed the arrest said the suspect was not holding a diplomatic passport at the time of the arrest.

He wrote on his twitter page tagging Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh that “thank you Minister. We can confirm that the person arrested did not (not) have a Ghanaian diplomatic passport”.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Victor Smith said officials from the commission will visit the suspect, interview her and assess her living conditions on remand.

Dr Aning said investigations should be able to reveal where the suspect got the substance from and how much more is left in the country.

The investigations, according to him provide answers to whether there was an intentional security breach to allow for the drugs to be taken from the shores of the country without being detected.

He however commended the patnership between Ghana’s NACOB and officials in the UK under the operation Westbridge for the arrest of the suspect.


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