Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has shot down publications that a Ghanaian official has been arrested by the UK Port authorities for money laundering. The report suggested that the [unidentified] official was arrest with an amount of twenty-six million pounds in the UK.
Reacting to this publication on Skyy Power Fm, Mr. Oppong- Nkrumah indicated that the said media report is false and must be discarded. He stressed that these items are nothing but concocted stories churn out by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to discredit the government. He explained that the NDC has a habit of flooding the media space with false information about the ruling party [New Patriotic Party], often in the final weeks leading into the election.
“No Ghanaian official has been arrested in the UK with 26 million pounds. No interception of 26 million pounds has taken in place in the UK. And I will call on the Ghanaian media to disregard such publications and engage the UK port authorities to validate it because it is a total not true. It is a fabrication by the opposition. It is a fabrication by the NDC and its part of their strategy in the last eight weeks. They will be churning out a lot of fabrications, lies, fake audiotapes, and others.
“It is part of the same strategy they used in 2008, where it was just eight weeks into the election they cooked up stories and they push it as viral as possible. They came up with fake bank accounts etc, and its the same strategy they going to use in the next eight weeks,” he explained.
Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah argued that the NDC is just desperate after having failed challenging the Akufo-Addo government to a ‘comparison of records’ of achievements between the NPP and the NDC under John Dramani Mahama.
“…so they’ve gone back to their default mode which is the churning of lies, propaganda, and untruth,” he added.
Investigations initiated by the Cyber Security Unit
The Minister disclosed that the state Cyber Security Unit has already initiated investigations into the audio and online publication making rounds about the issue. He mentioned that persons behind this fabricated item would soon be fished out and the necessary actions taken against them.
“Currently the Cyber Security Unit is doing some work on it, particularly the fabricated audio that is being circulated as though its an international news item. They are analyzing the metadata to determine the source, time, and where it was recorded from, and possibly take some action against them.”
A leading member of the NDC, Inusah Fuseini is reported to have said the [Ghanaian official] was intercepted by the UK Customs, with the cash on a chartered flight. He alleged that a request has been made by the UK government for documentation covering the cash transfer from Ghana.
This case according to a news report sited on Ghana News Avenue is linked to the Agyapa Royalties Deal.