Cocaine saga: Gov’t dares UK to speak on diplomatic passport claims


Government has challenged UK authorities to disclose whether indeed the Ghanaian woman busted with cocaine at the Heathrow airport had a diplomatic passport in her possession.

The Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah said this on Accra-based Radio Gold on Saturday.

“Let the British High Commission stand up and be counted… did she travel to Britain on a diplomatic passport or did she have a diplomatic passport in her possession?” he asked.

On Friday, the UK High Commission in a statement denied claims by Ghana’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) that it helped the UK security agencies in the arrest of Nayele Ametefe, also known as Ruby Adu Gyamfi.

“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 statement clarified.

It further stated that UK authorities had no prior knowledge of the “intentions of Ms. Nayele Ametefeh before flying from Accra to London on 9/10 November,” but fell short of making any categorical statement whether the lady had a diplomatic passport.

Dr. Omane Boamah in response said: “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…”

“…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.

The British High Commission in their statement on Friday explained that Ms. Ametefeh’s case is an ongoing Police investigation and as such the Commission will not be commenting on the details.

The woman is expected back in a UK court on November 27 over the cocaine matter.

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