The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned attacks on the UK High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin over his statement suggesting the alleged arrest of the Central Regional Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the London Heathrow Airport was false.
A statement issued by the party and signed by the Director of Communications, Nana Akomea said the reputation of the UK High Commissioner in the country is unquestionable especially in the manner he has condemned corrupt practices of the government.
The NPP was reacting to the alleged arrest of the NDC Central Regional Chairman, Bernard Allotey Jacobs at Heathrow Airport, London on May 29.
Social media platforms were flooded with news of the arrest of the outspoken NDC Regional leader. There claims that he was apprehended for carrying on him the sum of 500, 000 British pounds whilst another account also said he was accosted for drug peddling.
The UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin reacted to the news when he took to twitter to debunk those claims. Later the High Commission issued an official statement affirming what its head had said earlier.
This action by the High Commission has angered many people who believe the UK is unnecessary interfering in domestic issues.
They condemned the High Commissioner claiming he is covering up for the Ghanaian government.
But the NPP believe otherwise saying such attacks on the reputation of the Jon Benjamin is baseless.
The party said the UK chief diplomat in Ghana “has been forthright and proactive in voicing his concerns about the high levels of corruption and incompetence in Ghana.”
“From urging Small and Medium Enterprises in the country to demand government’s commitment to eliminate corruption and foster growth of the sector, to lamenting about government’s failure in not tackling corruption, Mr Benjamin’s pronouncements against rising levels of corruption in Ghana is well-documented and deserves commendation,” the statement read.