To Reveal “Cocaine Angel” Diplomatic Passport
Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Ghana’s Communication Minister, has challenged British security authorities to come public to prove claims that the Ghanaian lady, arrested for transporting cocaine to the United Kingdom (UK), had in her possession, a diplomatic passport.
The Minister, commenting on the cocaine saga on Accra-based, Radio Gold said, the British agencies would help put to rest information trickling in that, Ruby Appiah, alias Ruby Adu Gyamfi, also known as Nayele Ametefeh, travelled with a diplomatic passport to the UK.
“Why the British High Commission failed or refused to comment on whether the lady was arrested with a diplomatic passport in hand, I cannot understand…,” he said.
Ms Ametefeh, was on Monday, November 10, 2014, busted by officials at London’s Heathrow Airport for carrying cocaine, weighing 12.5kg in her luggage.
The consignment is said to be one of the largest tones of cocaine, ever busted at the world’s busiest Airport.
The arrest of the lady popularly called ‘Angel’, has generated lots of controversy in the country, with people linking her to top echelons within the ruling party.
Others, have also blamed the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) for sleeping on their duties and allowing the lady to pass unnoticed, until her final arrest at London’s Heathrow Airport.
However, the NACOB, had claimed they collaborated with the UK agencies and that led to the arrest of the lady, who is said to have arrived in the UK with three passports – Ordinary Ghanaian passport, an Austrian passport and the disputed diplomatic passport.
The UK High Commission in Ghana, has since distanced itself from NACOB’s claim saying the, “UK authorities had no prior knowledge of the intentions of Nayele Ametefeh before flying from Accra to London on 9/10 November,” part of a statement issued by the commission read.
It said, “With regard to a report in The Chronicle newspaper on 20 November, the British High Commission (BHC) wishes to clarify the following points; UK authorities have been working closely with Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) since 2006; UK authorities had no prior knowledge of the intentions of Ms Nayele Ametefeh before flying from Accra to London on 9/10 November;
It went on that “Ms Ametefeh’s case is an ongoing police investigation and as such we will not be commenting on the details; Questions relating to the use of the VIP Lounge at Kotoka International Airport should be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who are responsible for the management of this facility;”
The High Commission said that “UK authorities work closely with NACOB to ensure that, wherever possible, any potential drug trafficker to the UK from Ghana is arrested here in Ghana and not permitted to board a flight in order to traffic drugs; The prevention of drug trafficking remains a high priority for the UK and we look forward to continued close collaboration with Ghana”.
The disclaimer, it has been suggested, led to last Saturday’s dissolution of the governing board of NACOB by President John Mahama.
Against this backdrop, Dr. Omane Boamah, argued that the UK agencies, would help end claims on whether Angel carried with her, a diplomatic passport or not.
“Let the British High Commission stand up and be counted…did she travel to Britain on a diplomatic or did she have a diplomatic passport in her possession…?” he quizzed.
To him, once the UK High Commission, has jumped into the fray, they must come clear on many issues concerning the cocaine matter.
“…if they didn’t speak, it [would have been] a different ball game altogether, they have spoken, they should stand up and be counted…,” he shouted repeatedly on the station.
The Minister of Communications, also revealed that three people have been arrested by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) in connection with the Heathrow Airport cocaine bust.
His comment, follows the controversy surrounding the arrest of Nayele Ametefeh, who is currently in the grip of UK authorities for trafficking about 12.5kgs of cocaine.
He said, the apprehension of the three culprits was made possible by the help of a Closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance.
“As a result of CCTV surveillance, three people have been arrested by the BNI. This is different from those who were invited”, he revealed on Alhaji and Alhaji.
According to the Minister, government is dealing with the issue with all seriousness and rapidity, adding that there is another person who is yet to be arrested by the BNI.
“Another person whose name was mentioned by all the three individuals, who were arrested, is yet to be arrested. That person is been pursued vigorously by the security agencies”, he said.
He, however, challenged the British High Commission that since Nayele Ametefe was arrested in London and is still in their custody, they should come out and tell Ghanaians whether she was arrested with Diplomatic passport.
“Why has the British High Commission failed or refused to comment on whether the lady was arrested with a diplomatic passport in hand. I cannot understand. Let the British High Commission stand up and be counted. She is in their custody, did she travel to Britain on a diplomatic passport or did she have a diplomatic passport in her possession?” he queried.