June 23, 2024
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Airport Cocaine Committee To Submit Report On Brussels Incident Today

Following the alleged bust of Proeger Dei Uey Bianca, a Dutch national arrested with suspected cocaine at Brussels Airport through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on March 23, 2024, the Committee of Enquiries formed by the Kotoka International Airport (KIA)to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident is expected to submit its final report on the matter today.

This comes after a response to the directive from the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) acted swiftly to convene a committee tasked with delving into the events that led to the interception of the individual in question and the discoveries made during the security screening process.

The committee, which includes Air Commodore Gervase Wienaa as the Chairman, Kwaku Owusu Odame, Benjamin Ablijah, and a Divisional Union Representative as members, has been given the following mandates:

– To ascertain the factors contributing to the incident
– To propose preventive strategies to forestall similar occurrences in the future
– To suggest appropriate disciplinary actions in alignment with the provisions of the Collective Agreement.

The committee was charged with submitting its comprehensive report to the Managing Director, Yvonne A. Opare, no later than the close of business on Friday, May 3, 2024.

In a statement, Yvonne A. Opare reiterated the Ghana Airport Company’s commitment to addressing security breaches effectively and ensuring the integrity of operations at Kotoka International Airport to uphold safety standards and mitigate criminal activities within airport facilities.

Some staff of the Airport company have already been interdicted for allegedly aiding Bianca to travel through Kotoka International Airport with 8.5kg of cocaine aboard Air Maroc to Brussels, Belgium via Casablanca, Morocco.

Some NACOC operatives were also allegedly involved in the midnight deal leading to easy passage of Bianca without passing through the KIA scanners.

The committee’s findings and recommendations are eagerly awaited as the country works to strengthen its airport security measures and combat drug trafficking through its borders.

By Vincent Kubi

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