-The Inside Story
As the mysterious disappearance of the $30million worth of cocaine trends in the news, an interesting back-story is developing, with pointers suggesting that the lost cocaine issue was leaked as an arsenal in an ongoing trade war in the oil sector.
Two rivals in the oil sector, both belonging to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) are said to be locked in an uncompromising turf war to leverage the incumbency advantage that has come with their party’s ascension to power to milk the black gold trade.
However, in addition to dealing in oil, one of the parties also deals in hard drugs. The one additionally dealing in hard drugs is the mysterious man who trafficked in the $30million worth of cocaine. It was in a bid to cripple him that the story about that massive haul of cocaine was tossed into the media.
The Republic is currently on the tail of the characters involved, and would soon come up with more facts.
In the mean time however, it is very interesting that that massive cocaine haul story, with the propensity to dent the image of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) regime was broken by ‘The Finder’ newspaper.
This is because ‘The Finder’ is owned by a regime actor – Akufo-Addo’s Minister for Business Development, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal.
Mr. Awal, who is the owner and chief executive officer of Marble Communications Group Limited, publishers of ‘The Finder,’ is a former managing director of Graphic Communications Group Limited.
In addition to publishing, the Minister for Business Development is also a well known shark in the oil business in Ghana, having at one time served as the managing director of Chase Petroleum Ghana Limited.
Mr. Darko, who is the editor of ‘The Finder,’ is also a longstanding Personal Assistant to Mohammed Awal, the minister.
The whole development paints a certain curious picture that raises a lot of eyebrows.
Mr. Darko, while sitting just a heartbeat away from the powerful Business Development Minister, writes that $30million worth of cocaine had suddenly gone missing and left a Ghana headed by Akufo-Addo in a disgraceful inability to pass a major drug test.
The story, which is supposed to be coming from sources within the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), was not leaked to the Ghana’s national broadsheet, ‘Graphic,’ or even ‘Times,’ as NACOB is well known to do, but the NACOB sources found comfort in the Business Development Minister’s paper!
The story has since become a public relations nightmare for the government with the whole National Security apparatus under the Akufo-Addo regime left with eggs on the face.
So far, the owner of the cocaine has not turned up, but Elvis Darko writes that, “On the bill of lading, Joro Farms and Agricultural Processing Limited, located at Kaneshie in Accra, is named as the importer of the rice from Caribbean Grain Industry in Surinam.
“The Finder contacted the importer who declined to give his name but denied knowledge of cocaine hidden in his consignment of rice but admitted that NACOB had been questioned over the said missing cocaine.”
Investigative incursions made by The Republic have not yielded the name of the owner of JORO FARMS yet, but information still fleshing out indicates that the owner of the cocaine might be related to a family member of Kiki Gyan, a dead musician.
The Republic has it on authority that the links to the cocaine lead right back to the Akufo-Addo regime. Things are set to blow up in the coming days.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels