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An reported 24-hour trip to New York by a presidential staff member cost about $10,000 USD.

An executive assistant to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe, paid close to US$10,000 for a trip to the US in mid-September.

The privately held Herald Newspaper’s publisher, Larry Dogbey, said that Tagoe paid the aforementioned sum for the trip, which was reportedly scheduled to last from September 13 to 21.

The article further stated that the Jubilee House employee was deported despite possessing a diplomatic passport for unspecified reasons.

In a Facebook post, the presidential aide denied having a diplomatic passport and being expelled. He also expressed the intention to sue the journalist for the article.

In reaction, Larry Dogbey posted information about a KLM flight on Facebook, claiming that Tagoe had spent as much as US$9,600 for the entire trip.

You left Ghana on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, onboard KLM through Schipol Amsterdam to New York, according to a portion of Dogbey’s article. You flew back the following day, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, on a Delta Airlines direct flight from New York to Accra.

“You wanted to come back onboard same KLM through Schipol on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. Who buys a ticket for nearly UD$10,000 to see New York City through the windows of an airport? Waiting for your lawyers.”

The presidential staffer offered another clarification on his Facebook wall which read: “So I arrived at John F Kennedy International Airport on Delta Airlines flight DL 047 from Amsterdam and I was arrested and deported at Dallas, Texas International Airport, onboard a United Airlines according to Larry Dogbey and The Herald Newspaper? We shall meet very soon wai.”

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