…Allottey Jacobs Not Arrested – UK High Commissioner
Barely five months to election 2016, the opposition NPP is showing signs of being haunted by the nasty reputation of its flagbearer, Mr. Akufo-Addo, as not only an alleged drugs user but also as someone who surrounds himself with persons convicted for drugs-related offences.
In a desperate move obviously aimed at seeking an equaliser from the NDC, a Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Hopeson Adorye, yesterday alleged on Adom FM that the NDC Central Regional chairman, Mr. Allottey Jacobs, has been arrested at the UK’s Heathrow Airport for money-laundering and cocaine trafficking.
Speaking in Twi, Hopeson Adorye stringently alleged that “Allotey Jacobs was arrested at the Heathrow Airport, together with his wife, for money laundering and a bit of cocaine issue that has not been confirmed. But as for the money laundering issue, he was arrested for having on him five hundred thousand pounds sterling. As I speak with you presently, Allotey Jacobs is in the hands of the UK security.”
However, in a rather quick response, the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, H. E. Jon Benjamin, exposed the falsehood when he refuted the allegation via his Twitter handle.
“I can confirm that the rumour about Mr. Jacobs is definitely NOT true. Who starts these rumours and why?” Jon Benjamin tweeted.
In a follow up tweet, Jon Benjamin pointed out that “Allotey Jacobs transited Heathrow this morning without incident.”
Apparently exasperated at the effect of the false news, the High Commissioner tweeted that, “whoever started the false rumour about the supposed arrest of a Ghanaian party official at Heathrow today – thanks for messing up my Sunday!”
Hopeson Adorye, being a Deputy Communications Director of the party, it is clear that the NPP has come to the conclusion that the only way to effectively deal with Akufo-Addo’s nasty reputation as an alleged drugs user and as someone who surrounds himself with persons convicted for drugs-related offences, is to find an equaliser.
Akufo-Addo’s reputation as an alleged drugs user moved from mere rumours to the level of being given official recognition through being noted in several official United States of America secret cables leaked by the whistle-blowing website, wikileaks a few years ago.
One of the cables released in September 2011 by wikileaks, the respected senior journalist, Mr. Kwesi Pratt was reported to have confirmed Akufo-Addo’s drug used to US intelligence officials, noting that it is not uncommon to see Akufo-Addo surrounded by a thick clouds of smoke from marijuana early morning.
Another of the cables reported that Dr. Kwesi Aning, a very highly respected security analyst, confirmed Akufo-Addo’s drug use to the US intelligence officials and even went on to tell the US officials that Akufo-Addo’s drug use could be confirmed by the German intelligence services. Dr. Kwesi Aning is currently the head of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre.
With regards to surrounding himself with persons convicted for drugs-related offences, space constraints would limit us to naming only three.
1. Yaw Amfo-Kwakye – he was convicted in the UK for drugs trafficking. He was Akufo-Addo’s right-hand man when he (Akufo-Addo) was Foreign Minister under the Kufuor regime.
Indeed, it was at that time that a number of diplomatic passport mysteriously went missing from Akufo-Addo’s office. There are those who, to this day, believe that those missing passports found their way into the hands of drug barons to facilitate their nefarious trade.
2. Nana Poku – he was convicted in Germany for the drugs-related offence of money-laundering. Nana Poku was a Member of Akufo-Addo’s campaign finance team for the 2008 elections. He is believed to continue to be very active in matters concerning finances for Akufo-Addo’s campaign.
3. David Kojo Anim, aka Le Baron – he was recently convicted in the UK for drug trafficking. He was one of Akufo-Addo’s major campaign financiers. Indeed, Hon. Ken Agyepong told the whole world that Le Baron’s financial support for Akufo-Addo’s campaign included hundreds of motor bikes.GhanaPoliticsOnline.Com
With such a nasty public record with regards to drugs use and frolicking with drug barons, it is understandable that the NPP would be desperate to look for an equalizer such that Mr. Akufo-Addo’s stinking record would not continue to haunt the party. Source: Ghanaian Lens newspaper