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With regard to a report in The Chronicle newspaper on 20 November, the British High Commission (BHC) wishes to clarify the following points;
UK authorities have been working closely with Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) since 2006;
UK authorities had no prior knowledge of the intentions of Ms Nayele Ametefeh before flying from Accra to London on 9/10 November;
Ms Ametefeh’s case is an ongoing police investigation and as such we will not be commenting on the details;
Questions relating to the use of the VIP Lounge at Kotoka International Airport should be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who are responsible for the management of this facility;
UK authorities work closely with NACOB to ensure that, wherever possible, any potential drug trafficker to the UK from Ghana is arrested here in Ghana and not permitted to board a flight in order to traffic drugs;
The prevention of drug trafficking remains a high priority for the UK and we look forward to continued close collaboration with Ghana.