In an attempt to extricate herself from allegations of having been taxied in a private jet on her campaign tour to the poverty-stricken northern part of the country, Communications Minister Ursula Gifty Owusu-Ekuful has unwittingly entangled herself by posting her boarding pass of Africa World Airline, claiming she never frolicked in a private jet on the trip.
“I didn’t know Africa World Airline is now a private jet!!!” she rhetorically rebuffed reports made by Whatsup News on Monday October 5, 2020.
In a post on her Facebook page, she narrated: “I flew to Tamale on 28th September, last week Monday, en route to the upper East Region for a campaign tour primarily to assist the female candidates in Navrongo and Bawku. Here is my boarding pass and I actually changed seats and sat in 4 D. Some people have developed a penchant for lying through their teeth.” After which she posted a badly creased boarding pass.
What she, however, failed to admit was that the boarding pass she posted as evidence, was just for a one-way trip. It was from the Kotoka International Airport to the Tamale Airport. Since she lives in Accra, a boarding pass for her return trip would have adequately cleared the allegations.
Indeed, Whatsup News has intercepted her flight manifest, showing that she did fly a private jet back to the Kotoka International Airport on October 3, 2020. It is believed her trip aboard the Africa World Airline (AWA) was a mere decoy to throw off prying eyes from the extravagant campaign.
The flight manifest seen by this publication contains her full biodata and that of the two other people she travelled with. For instance, she travelled with One Nana Boatema Asare, a 41-year-old born on March 26, 1979 and a Pastor, 50-year-old Pastor called Olawole Olaiya Philips. The Pastor was born on August 27, 1961.
According to unconfirmed reports from sources, this was not the first time Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful had been frolicking in the mysterious private Jet which costs some US$ 4 million to purchase.
The true owner of the aircraft is still unknown, as Whatsup News tracks the available leads.
So far, Investigations reveal that the owners of the private jet have carefully masked their identity, as enquiries are only returning blanks as to who really owns the luxury aircraft.
A probe by Whatsup News of the flight history of the aircraft, however, shows some interesting perspectives. It is established that the aircraft only makes clandestine trips between Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso.
We tracked the movement of the aircraft-a Bombardier Challenger CL 604, with registration number T7-MJJ, through September 30, 2020 to October 3, 2020. Within this period, the aircraft had made seven (7) trips to the three above-mentioned countries.
Importantly, oOn September 30, 2020, the T7-MJJ took off around 10.30 am from the Kotoka International Airport and landed in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso the same day, around 11.40 am. By the evening of that day (around 4 pm) the aircraft took off and landed at KIA an hour later.
Later, on Thursday, October 1, 2020, the mysterious plane flew to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Ikeja-Lagos, Nigeria. It did not return, preferring to remain in Nigeria till the dawn, around 3 am on Saturday, October 3, 2020.
The aircraft then primed itself briefly and by 5 am that same day (October 3, 2020), it was on its way to the Tamale Airport. It picked up its three passengers around 7.12 am and landed at KIA around 7.50 am.
Incidentally, that was the very day, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful returned, because by 5.33 pm on Saturday, October 3, 2020, she took to Facebook, gleefully announcing her successful trip to the Northern Region.
“My 4 days working tour in the Upper East region saw me visiting the tomb of late Madam Hawa Yakubu in Pusiga to pay my respect to the woman who many referred to as ‘Iron Lady’,” she wrote.
Insiders tell Whatsup News that beyond the solemn tribute to the Late Hawa Yakubu, Owusu-Ekuful’s trip was a hatchet job for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) which has set its sights on diluting the votes of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Garu, Pusiga and Tempane constituencies.
Whatsup News has also gathered from sources that Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K Amidu is also sponsoring a candidate against the NDC in those areas.
The mysterious movement of the M7-MJJ aircraft; the coincidence with Mr. Owusu-Ekuful’s trip; her companion Nigerian pastor aboard the aircraft and the intercepted manifest, etc., gives the coincidence serious connotations that is already raising questions within certain cross-section of the Ghanaian society.
Some are suggesting the private jet was purchased by a current government appointee, while others believe it is linked to the fugitive Nigerian Billionaire Benedict Peters, who has been given the contract to charge each inbound foreign traveler to Ghana a questionable US$ 150 per COVID-19 Antigen test.