NACOB boss Akrasi Sarpong sued for contempt

NACOB boss Akrasi Sarpong sued for contempt

The Executive Secretary of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), Akrasi Sarpong, has been sued at an Accra high court (Criminal Division) for contempt.

NACOB boss Akrasi Sarpong sued for contempt

Akrasi Sarpong, NACOB boss

The suit comes after he criticised the court for granting bail to a one Chief Sunny Ikechukwu Benjy Eke, a 53- year-old businessman, and his alleged accomplice, James Eleke Chukwu, 47, a second-hand clothes dealer in Accra, in the sum of Ȼ200,000, with three sureties each.

The two, according to a report by the Daily Guide, had been on remand at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons since 2013 for allegedly attempting to smuggle 281,604 grammes of liquid cocaine with a street value of over $12.5 million into the country.

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They reportedly concealed the drug in a 40-footer container filled with 1,946 boxes of shampoo imported from Bolivia to Ghana.

Mr Sarpong is said to have spoken out against the bail, stressing that Chief Eke had jumped bail in Brazil and had been on the run before he was arrested in Ghana.

"For NACOB, the con­dition under which the accused was granted bail was not the best, judging from his past record of jumping bail. Besides, we are aware that the wheel of justice is a slow process, but no matter how slow it is, justice is more likely to prevail than injustice," he was quoted as saying.

The remarks did not sit well with lawyers for Chief Eke, who promptly filed a contempt suit against him.

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The court, according to the report, will consider the application on July 13.

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