An ambulance driver in Ghana, who was arrested nearly two years ago but skipped bail and escaped, has been located and taken back into custody. Sampson Azago, 25, was intercepted and promptly escorted by authorities to a Circuit Court this week.
Azago was originally arrested in July 2017, along with alleged accomplice Derrick Eto, 24. Both men were charged with transporting more than 600 of parcels of cannabis (or “wee”) from Vakpo, a town in the rural Volta region of Ghana, to Aflao, a heavily-populated town on the country’s Togolese border.
Police witnesses testified that on July 29, officers acting on a tip pulled over an ambulance—driven by Azago with Eto in the passenger seat—with lights and siren on. They were arrested and taken to court, where both Azago and Eto were granted bail by the presiding judge. Both disappeared shortly afterwards.
Azago was later picked up on a bench warrant and returned to court, and police eventually tracked Eto to another prison. When they reappeared in court before a judge on May 16 of this year, both men were predictably denied bail.
Although cannabis is illegal to consume in Ghana for recreational purposes (a license from the Ministry of Health is required for medical use), the country is one of the most prolific cannabis producers in West Africa. Regardless, cannabis-related penalties are strict. Per Ghana’s Narcotic Drugs Act, a term of not less than 10 years is recommended if the accused is found guilty.
Azago and Eto’s case has been adjourned until May 20.
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