Soda Cocaine Suspects Missing Police

Detective Inspector Paul Mahama of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) yesterday admitted before an Accra Human Rights Court that the suspects who allegedly turned 120kg of cocaine into sodium bicarbonate – leading to the suspect, Nana Ama Martins, being discharged by an Accra circuit court – are yet to be found.

The police officer made the assertion as a witness in a suit brought by DSP Gifty Mawunyegah Tehoda. She had dragged the Ghana Police Service to court over her dismissal for her alleged role in the swapping of the cocaine.

Detective Inspector Mahama told the court presided over by Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, that he did not know the suspects by name but knew they were at large.

The witness, who said this under cross-examination by Ephraim Vodoagu, counsel for Tehoda, failed to explain how he came by that conclusion, if he did not know who they were.

When asked whether he knew the state discharged Tehoda who was put before a circuit court in connection with the cocaine because it found no wrongdoing on her part, the witness said he did not know.

Counsel for Tehoda put it to Detective Inspector Mahama that the then prosecuting attorney, Rexford Wiredu, told the circuit court that they would find those behind the cocaine-turned-soda saga; but witness said he was not aware of that.

The police officer noted that investigations were not complete.

Earlier, concluding his evidence-in-chief, the investigations revealed that Tehoda was not with the Narcotics Unit of the Service yet she got in touch with a drug suspect and helped to sell her (Nana Ama Martins’) property.

He said it was against the ethics of the police service for Tehoda to have gotten involved in the case of Nana Ama, adding that the plaintiff was later charged with abetment of crime to wit, engaging in prohibited activity relating to narcotic drugs.

The detective also tendered a station dairy to the court in evidence.

The case has been adjourned to June 10, 2015.