News started spreading on social media Monday evening that Ghanaian musician and political satirist A-Plus had been arrested in the United States over cocaine-related issues; and by Tuesday the reports had reached online news wires, but with no official confirmation.
It said the musician had been arrested by New York police in a Bronx Hotel for trying to smuggle pellets of cocaine into the country.
What made the reports plausible was that A-Plus had been out of Ghana for several weeks now, and it was difficult reaching him when the reports started making the rounds.
However by mid afternoon, A-Plus had been reached, and in his denial of the reports, blamed a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communications Team, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, for being behind the reports of his arrest.
“I hear the news was on Facebook last night, and just this morning, I understand Felix Kwakye was on Radio Gold linking my alleged arrest for drug peddling to the fact that I’m Nana Akufo Addo’s boy.
What kind of politics is this?…If he (Felix) had no hand in the Facebook report why should he bring up the issue on Radio Gold?
“Yes, I did go to the US but returned to Ghana some two weeks ago. I left for South Africa last Friday…I don’t know where this report is coming from.
I understand it was on Facebook…sometimes I tend not to place too much premium on things people say, but this is too much…I’ve a lot of respect for the media because we’re partners in the entertainment industry so I try not to be too hard when a particular media outfit steps on my toes, but this has gone too far.
“You know, it’s possible my mum or a close relative could have a heart attack upon hearing this piece of false news”, A-Plus noted.
When NEWS-ONE reached Felix Kwakye Ofosu over the issue, he categorically denied ever spreading such a report about A-Plus and said he had never mentioned A-Plus’ name in any form or manner in relation to the said arrest over cocaine.
“Yes I spoke on Radio Gold but I did not mention A-Plus and link him to drugs or Nana Addo. I did not do that.
I saw the story online just like anyone else saw it but I have not commented on it and I did not spread it or start it”, Felix Kwakye Ofosu told NEWS-ONE.
A-Plus returns to Ghana on Friday
Source News One Ghana