Maxwell Kofi Jumah, a leading member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has described the British high commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, as a fool.
Speaking via phone on Accra-based Neat FM on Monday, Kofi Jumah, who is a former Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly boss, said:
“So if Britain wants someone as a high commissioner to Ghana, must they appoint a fool like Jon Benjamin as their commissioner to Ghana? That man is a fool.”
His insult comes after Mr Benjamin denied reports on social media that the Central Regional chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Allotey Jacobs, had been arrested at the Heathrow Airport by the UK National Crime Agency for suspected money laundering and cocaine trafficking on Sunday.
Mr Benjamin said on Twitter: “I can confirm that the rumour about Mr. Jacobs is definitely not true . . . Mr. Allotey Jacobs transited Heathrow this morning without incident."
This denial appears to have infuriated Kofi Jumah, who apparently felt the commissioner was involved in a cover-up on behalf of the government.
His attempt to launch more verbal attacks on Mr Benjamin was resisted by Kwasi Aboagye, the host of the show he was speaking on.
This prompted Kofi Jumah to say, 'If you don’t want me to talk, then bye', before hanging up.
Meanwhile, a member of New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s communications team, Hopeson Adorye, has insisted that Allotey was held and questioned by British agents over money laundering at the Heathrow Airport on Sunday.
He told Accra-based Kasapa FM that his friend who was on board the British airline flight 078 said the agents approached Allotey on the flight and questioned him over money laundering issues for a few minutes, before walking him out of the plane.