Nayele Ametefe, the woman arrested in possession of cocaine at the Heathrow airport in London, was aided by a Ghanaian businessman to go through the Kotoka International Airport without any problems.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Hannah Tetteh, revealed this on an Accra-based Radio Gold.
The Minister said the suspect had been in contact with an unnamed businessman prior to her departure to the UK.
The man, is alleged to have called an assistant Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Abiel Ashitey Armah, who has since been arrested, and requested that Ms Ametefeh received preferential treatment at the VIP lounge of the Kotoka International Airport.
According to Madam Tetteh, the suspect got onto the plane with only her hand bag and was only handed the bag of cocaine after she was on board.
The suspect is reported to be cooperating with the Ghanaian consular officers in the UK but has refused to provide them with the name of her accomplice in Ghana.
Madam Tetteh also reiterated in the interview that Miss Ametefeh did not travel with a diplomatic passport.
“Since I became Foreign Affairs Minister, I have not authorized the issuance of a diplomatic passport to Nayele Ametefeh, alias Ruby Adu Gyamfi or whatever name she may be using,” she said.
“I am the only person who can authorize a diplomatic passport. If any of my staff issue a Diplomatic passport from the passport office without my prior authorization, that essentially means that they have attempted to commit an unlawful act,” She added.
Following the woman’s arrest, President John Mahama has dissolved the governing board of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).
This was after government refuted NACOB’s claim that it had been involved in the bust.