Member of Parliament(MP) for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has made a sudden u-turn on his claims that a government official has been arrested in the United Kingdom for money laundering to the tune of £26 million.
“The British Customs have intercepted a large amount of money from a key government official, and are asking for documentation to support that. That money was ferried into the United Kingdom by a plane, a chartered plane…About 26 million pounds Sterling …And they are still investigating. The information is still filtering through. It’s not done yet,” National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini said on Radio Gold on Saturday.
Alhaji Inusah Fuseini noted that money laundering and corrupt activities were rife in the country. He explained that the inability of government to list the IPO of the Agyapa deal is because of these illicit activities and not because of the Special Prosecutor’s request to do a corruption risk assessment of the deal.
But speaking in an interview on Accra-based Class FM, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini said “Let me tell my brother and colleague Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that I’m not a purveyor of fake news and I will not put something on air if I don’t have reasonable belief in that”.
“Last week, a group of people met me and gave me information as to what was happening within this government, chronicled some facts; some of them, I could easily ascertain.”
“The 26 million pounds [story], I could not ascertain but the fact that they had given me instances of matters that clearly are worrisome, I gave what they told me some level of credibility,that was why I spoke to it.
“Now, if Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is saying that that is not true and that has not happened, we can only wait to see.
“Mine was to raise red flag based on a reasonable belief in the briefing I had gotten from these people who came to seek audience with me and put before me, matters which, in their view, were matters that we all ought to be concerned about. And, so, that was why I put it on air that was the primary motivation: to raise the flag and to get Ghanaians talking and asking [questions]”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Information Minister has described the claims of a government official been arrested as a propaganda machinery deployed by the NDC as they did during the 2008 election.
“No government official has been arrested in the UK. It is a total fabrication and we are clear in our minds that it is a fabrication by the NDC and it is part of their strategy for these last eight weeks where they will churning out a lot of fabrication, lies, and fake audiotapes. We are clear in our minds that it is the NDC for one or two reasons. The first person to articulate it publicly is the Honorable Inusah Fusieni, an NDC Member of Parliament”.
“They are the ones who are championing it and articulating it on their online media platforms including Radio Gold online. And now you can also find that there is a fake audiotape that purports to be international news broadcast on it which is being circulated since last night,” he said.
He called on the media and Ghanaians not to believe anything the National Democratic Congress says.
“We are calling on first of all the media and the general Ghanaian public to not fall for this fabrication and fake doctored or cooked up tapes that they are going to be churning out in the next eight weeks as we get ready for the elections.”