Ghana’s National Security Coordinator debunks insecurity at Kotoka Airport

Gbevlo Lartey said UN reports testified to the improvement in security situations at the airport.

Ghana’s National Security Coordinator (NSC), Gbevlo Lartey, has debunked allegations that security at the Kotoka International Airport had been compromised by security operatives.

Mr. Lartey told newsmen in Accra on Tuesday that the security personnel at the Airport were alive to their responsibilities of ensuring law and order.

Some Ghanaians accused security operatives at the airport of compromise and paving the way for drug barons to ply their trade.

The NSC stated that those making the allegations did not have a clear understanding of the operations and state of things at the airport.

“The business of security is a serious one, it is not a joke and so it is not good to use security as an object of politics,’’ he said.

Mr. Lartey said that contrary to the allegations, the security situation at the airport recently received commendations from international organisations.

“Statistics released recently by the UN office on Drug and Crime showed a drastic drop in cocaine that passed through the airport in 2009, compared to the situation in 2007.

“The statistics also showed that drug trafficking dropped to about 29 tonnes in 2009, this is a pass mark for the security situation at the airport,’’ he said.

The NSC said the recent arrest of Solomon Adelaquaye, Proprietor of Sohim Security, a firm in charge of security at the airport was due to the “active collaboration of Ghana’s security outfit.”

“The drug traffickers were able to bribe their way through the airport because that is how it was planned in order to get them busted.

“It was an operation we started from beginning to the end, it has nothing to do with anything like porousity of security at the airport,” he said.


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