The Youth Leader of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) was detained by officials of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) at the Kotoka International Airport Saturday night.
Mr. Divine Nkrumah and his deputy, Nii Armah arrived at the airport on a South African Airways Flight FA52 from South Africa where they had spent six days attending a conference for youth leaders of political parties in Africa held in the rainbow nation.
They, together with their Deputy General Secretary, Paa Kow participated in the event.
Upon arrival at the country’s only International Airport at 9:15 PM Saturday night, Divine Nkrumah was approached by some officials of NACOB who immediately snatched his passport and pushed him out of a queue at the arrival hall.
The extent of molestations from the NACOB officials, he narrated to Adomonline.com attracted the attention of all passengers and workers at the arrival lounge who wondered what their crime was.
“When I complained, I was told that my passport is a state property and hence they reserved the right to take it from me...,” he said.
His deputy, Nii Armah who also complained about the abuse of the right of his boss also had his passport seized and together with Divine, they were escorted to an isolated room at the airport.
Divine Nkrumah continued that though they had finished scanning their luggage, his luggage was re-scanned at the isolated room and he was forced to go through two different body scans.
His urine samples, he said, were also taken and his electronic gadgets including his Ipad and phones seized as well.
He said that despite all checks proving negative, the NACOB officials led by an official he named as Vincent Asiedu made them sit in the isolated room for two more hours.
“Vincent Asiedu told us he was awaiting an order from one commander whom he did not name before releasing us…,” he added.
That command for their release eventually came two hours later and they were escorted back to the arrival hall after 11: 55 PM local time without any explanations whatsoever.
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