A member of New Patriotic Party (NPP)'s Communications team, Hopeson Adorye, has insisted the Central Regional chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Allotey Jacobs, was held and questioned by British law enforcement agents over money laundering at the Heathrow Airport on Sunday.
Adorye told Accra-based Kasapa Fm that his friend who was on board the same British airline flight 078 said the agentsÂ approached Jacobs on the flight and questioned him over money laundering issues for a few minutes, before walking him out of the plane.
"...Some four security officials, including three men and a lady, walked to Allotey and asked him how much money he was having in his possession. Allotey just told the officials that the money he was carrying was purposely for a government programme, but the officials who were not convinced by Alloteyâ€™s response said he had sometime ago said the same thing.Â
"So within some few minutes he was accosted and escorted out with a lady who was sitting beside Allotey on the plane leaving his belongings. The issue even made him delay his next flight to Dallas. And so this personâ€™s account is accurate. He just told me exactly what happened and for me a summary of the whole incidence is that this amounts to questioning and arrest of Allotey Jacobs by UK officials,â€ Adorye told Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Monday."
New that Allotey had been nabbed by the UK agents on "drugs-rated money laundering" offences went viral on Sunday.
The British high commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, however denied that such an arrest had taken place.
â€œThere was no arrestâ€¦no, the story is NOT true. Mr Allotey Jacobs transited Heathrow this morning without incident,â€ he wrote on Twitter.