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General News of Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Director of passports must answer for British fugitive's Ghanaian passport – Attafuah

A criminologist, Prof Ken Attafuah says the Director of Passports should be questioned about how a suspected British drug baron acquired a Ghanaian passport.

“The director of passport I mean anyone in charge of issuing passports has some questions to answer because I find it so hard to comprehend this situation” he stated.

The suspected British drug baron, David McDermott, who has been nabbed in Ghana is said to hold a Ghanaian passport.

According to the Ghanaian prosecutors, the fugitive was arrested in an international sting operation at his home in the affluent Burma Hills area of the capital, Accra last week.

They claim his Ghanaian passport captured his name as David Smith who operates a mining firm in the Eastern part of Ghana. Mr. McDermott, who has been on the run from UK authorities for some years now, is married to the step-daughter of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Kofi Wampah.

He was on Monday arraigned in Ghana and charged with dealing in prohibited drugs. The extradition process is underway to send him back to the UK for his trial to commence.

The suspect is said to be a member of an organised crime syndicate from Liverpool, and he has been on the run for three-year after being part of a plot to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK.

McDermott’s gang is believed to be responsible for the failed smuggling operation discovered by Border Force at Tilbury Docks in May 2013, when officers seized 400kg (881Ibs) of cocaine smuggled into the country in a container of frozen Argentinian beef.

The criminologist, who believes the issue of passports has been a great worry to the country and beyond, called on the Foreign Affairs Ministry to put in place stringent measures to regulate the acquisition and issuance of passports.