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General News of Monday, 9 July 2007

Source: The Insight

Villagers Praise God for Cocaine

Many villagers along the West Coast of Ghana have been praising God for his abundant mercies over the last few weeks. By village standards, many of them have become rich as a result of the droppings of parcels of cocaine in the sea.Some of the parcels floated ashore and others were picked up by fishermen on expedition.

Initially, the villagers thought the parcels they had picked up were soap for scrubbing the bathroom and they used them for that purpose. They however complained that the soap they had found was not leathering. Madam Abena Fosu from Axim said; we thought the soap was spoilt and that was why the white people threw it away.

“The strange thing is that all those who used the soap to scrub their bathrooms got very drunk.” At Esiamah, a student on vacation confirmed the story.

He said; “it didn’t take long for us to realize that the parcels were not soap but some very valuable stuff. “People came from Accra and were offering ¢200,000 (GH¢20) to ¢300,000 (GH¢30) for a parcel. “The villagers were thrilled but as the days rolled on and the parcels were in short supply the people from Accra offered more money. “Now some of them pay as much as ¢70,000,000,00 (seventy million cedis) for one parcel.

It is alleged that the floating cocaine was thrown away by a crew who were escaping following a tip-off from the British and the Americans. Most of the villagers who spoke to the Insight newspaper praised God for sending them the parcels of cocaine. James Mensah said; “I didn’t get some but I am happy for those who got it because it has improved our economy.” It is alleged that some District Chief Executives in the area made announcements rallying on the villages to send the parcels of cocaine to the District Administrations. The announcements were completely ignored. A combined team of soldiers and policemen allegedly sent to the area to find the cocaine found nothing.