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14.12.2010 General News

A-G Grieves Over Lost Drug Cases

By Musah Yahaya Jafaru - Daily Graphic
Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu - Attorney-General and Minister of JusticeMrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu - Attorney-General and Minister of Justice
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The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, has expressed dissatisfaction with the increasing loss of narcotic cases at the law courts.

She has, therefore, called for the transformation of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) for it to be able to gather the needed evidence against suspected drug dealers.

She was speaking in an interview with journalists in Abuja, Nigeria, at the opening of the ninth Ministerial Meeting and 10th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).

Mrs Mould-Iddrisu said the government had succeeded in reducing the number of narcotic cases in the country, adding, however, that NACOB had lost several cases against suspected drug dealers recently which did not help the fight against drug trafficking in the country.

She claimed that there was a conspiracy by some individuals at Ghana’s ports to shield evidence against suspected drug dealers, for which reason the country needed a stronger NACOB that would be able to fish out strong evidence from the ports and other quarters to win cases against suspected drug dealers.

Mrs Mould-Iddrisu again expressed worry over the incidence of cyber fraud in the country, noting that the youth were mainly the perpetrators of cyber fraud adding that the youth succeeded in defrauding their victims, mainly Europeans, of hundreds of dollars.

Mrs Mould-Iddrisu said her office had intensified efforts at prosecuting suspected cyber fraudsters.

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