The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is demanding an unqualified apology from officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) after two of its officers were strip-searched at the Kotoka International Airport on suspicion of carrying illegal drugs on March 27.
The two were on their return from South Africa, where they had participated in a youth rally.
The strip-search is said to have taken between two and three hours, much to the chagrin of Ghana’s second largest opposition party.
“Our summation is that [the NACOB officials] may be doing this at the bidding of the political party in power to coerce us from standing up and creating an advocacy that people will be aware that the times are bad and give PPP a chance,” alleged party chairman Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond.
According to him, the state-of-the-art equipment of NACOB at the Airport would have detected any contraband on their officers – one of whom is Youth Organiser Divine Nkrumah.
“All of them did not pick up anything from the officers in question and yet they were strip-searched and held for 3 hours before they were asked to go.”
‘Order from above’
One of the victims, Mr Nkrumah, said he expected an apology or a note to report later after nothing was detected on them.
“We are not happy because we are expecting that somebody should tell us that we have found you guilty or there is something wrong or we apologise for any inconvenience caused. That did not happen.”
He said while on detention, he was told by the NACOB officials that they were waiting for ‘an order from above’.
“And eventually that order came around 11:55pm when I was allowed to go.”