General News Thu, 10 Jan 2019

News of my JFK airport ‘detention’ pure falsehood and orchestrated - Dr. Sarpong reacts

Dr. Samuel Sarpong, a former Managing Director of the State Housing Company Limited (SHC) has said reports that he was detained for hours at the JFK Airport in the United States of America over suspicion of drugs and money laundering is pure falsehood orchestrated to soil his good image.

According to him, his public and private records are untainted, maintaining that he has neither been arrested or detained in relation to any drug offence or money laundering allegations anywhere in the world as being portrayed in the media.

He wondered why he will be walking free in Ghana if that was the situation.

“They say I was arrested in the United States for money laundering and drugs if so I should have been behind bars in the states pending the outcome of court proceedings following charges that would have been slapped on me. There is a precedence in the country that when someone is arrested, the suspect is detained until the determination of the case”, he compared and contrasted.

Dr. Sarpong also suspected someone he refused to name is behind these series of bad reportage on his person and noted the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has been informed to carry out their checks to ascertain the motives of the treacherous person.

In his view, the allegation being planted by his political detractors are aimed towards soiling his hard-won reputation promising it would fall flat since his credibility remains unmatched in the face of the denigrating agenda targeted at his person.

The Former Ashanti Regional Minister explained that his life has been very exemplary for not only his children but the country’s youth promising that he is determined to contribute his quota in no small way in reforming society and not the reverse.

MyNewsGh.com last week broke a story about the embarrassing spectacle in which the former Kumasi Mayor was subjected to at JFK to the extent that he took a flight back to Ghana immediately

It is gathered Dr Sarpong was held and interrogated for several hours over allegations that he dealt in drugs and was in the US suspiciously. He denied all the allegations. He told them he was in the US for a medical checkup. A check on him and his luggage revealed he had $12,000 in cash on him which the US authorities seized.

But he has maintained that he is clean and has not committed any crime as being reported challenging those who doubt him to check with the security agencies both in Ghana and the United States of America.

“No money was seized from me the last time I travelled to the USA so where lie the claims I am engaged in money laundering”, he quizzed.

Source: mynewsgh.com