Nayele ‘coke’ saga: NPP replies NDC

akomeaThe New Patriotic Party (NPP) says attempts by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to associate it with illicit drug trading is a desperate attempt to escape the hard questions that government must answer in connection with the Nayele Ametefe cocaine saga

A press statement issued yesterday and signed by the Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea said “these questions are still crying for answers”.

The NPP Communications Director asked the NDC to explain how Nayele was able to access the VVIP or Presidential Transit Lounge at the Kotoka International Airport and how she carried undetected 12 kilogrammes of cocaine in her hand luggage through the VVIP lounge.

The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia at a press conference on Wednesday fingered the opposition NPP of deliberately silencing the governing party’s criticism because of their (NPP) complicity in the trafficking of illicit drugs.

Mr. Nketia said the NPP move was intentionally calculated to weaken the Mahama-led admini-stration’s determination to fight the drug trade in the country.

He further accused the NPP of attempting to link the government with the Miss Ametefe cocaine bust in London. Miss Ametefe was arrested in November, last year, at the Heathrow Airport carrying 12.5 kilogrammes of cocaine.

She has since been sentenced to eight years, eight months imprisonment by a London Crown court.

However Nana Akomea said in the statement that, the NDC General Secretary had made false claims against the NPP.

He asserted that the claim made by Mr. Nketia that NPP had posted a picture of a known NDC lady and tagged her as Nayele Ametefe was false.

“The NPP did no such thing. We also saw the pictures on social media. We have nothing to do with those pictures.  Asiedu Nketiah’s confusion is shown by his statement that, Mrs. Ruby Adu Gyamfi of NDC swiftly responded with a press conference.”

“We hasten to add that the name Ruby Adu Gyamfi is one of the known aliases of Nayele Ametefi, who at that material time was in custody in Britain and could not have been responding to the NPP with a press conference”, he added.

Nana Akomea said Mr. Nketia’s accusation that the NPP claimed Mr. Nayele travelled with a diplomatic passport was also false. “Nowhere in the NPP’s January 7 statement did we make this claim. Indeed we also read the claims from the media including the Austrian newspapers online.”

“Asiedu Nketia accuses the NPP of alleging that, Nayele traveled through the VVIP at the Kotoka International airport. This is also false. Indeed, the Attorney General’s charge sheet against some individuals arrested in connection with this matter stated, “VVIP”. Testimony from one Alhaji Dawud who had been arrested also indicated that Nayele travelled through the VVIP”.

Nana Akomea further rebuffed Mr. Nketia’s accusation that the NPP tried to link staff of the Ghana High Commission in London to the scandal.

“This is also false.  Nowhere in the NPP statement, was this accusation made. We had asked if it was a mere co-incidence that a diplomatic car was at the tarmac at the airport, to pick someone at the time of Nayele Ametefe’s arrest on the aircraft”.

“Asiedu Nketia pathetically recites the allegation that three (3) NPP women from Dzowulu Accra were arrested with cocaine in 2002. That allegation was made by an NDC newspaper and it has not been proven up till today”.

“The claim that Amoateng passed through VIP at the Kotoka Airport negates the fact that as a Member of Parliament, Eric Amoateng was entitled to use the VIP.The records also does not show that Amoateng carried cocaine through the Kotoka International Airport”.

 

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