Cocaine Saga: British High Commission Denies collaborating with NACOB

British High Commission Denies collaborating with NACOB.

British High Commission

British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin

Contrary to earlier claims by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) that the arrest of cocaine courier, Nayele Ametefeh was a collaborative effort with the British authorities, the UK High Commission has come out to deny such claims.

32-year-old Nayele Ametefeh was arrested by security operatives at the Heathrow Airport in London on November 10, 2014 with cocaine weighing 12.kg.

According to a press release by NACOB, Nayele who has both Ghanaian and Australian passports was arrested through the “collaborative effort of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and its British partners.”

However, in a press statement by the British High Commission (BHC), the UK authorities had no prior knowledge of the intentions of Ms Nayele Ametefeh before flying from Accra to London.

The BHC further clarified that “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.”

According to the statement, the British High Commission 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Meanwhile, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communications has told Accra-based private radio station, Citi FM that NACOB’s claims should be discounted until they provide concrete evidence.

“I state here and now that we discount the claims until NACOB provides the evidence that it collaborated with the British intelligence,” he added.

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