General News of Sunday, 10 August 2014


I’m proud of my father – Eric Amoateng’s son

Akwasi Amoateng, son of ex-convict and former Ghanaian Legislator, Eric Amoateng, says he is proud to bear his father’s name despite the former lawmaker’s 10-year imprisonment for drug trafficking.

“For me as a son, I have to be very proud of my dad. I don’t feel ashamed walking about bearing the name Amoateng,” he said on Friday.

The Politician, who was arrested in the US in 2005 for trafficking 136 pounds of heroin worth $6 million, returned to his home country on Thursday after serving his jail term in an American prison.

He was met on arrival by fresh troubles- allegations of fraud in his acquisition of a passport. He allegedly used documents of a lady to acquire his current passport.

Amoateng was taken to Court and granted bail after having gone through security interrogations and investigations by the Narcotics Control Board, the Bureau of National Investigations, the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service and the Immigration Service.

The philanthropist’s family was angered by his immediate arrest upon touching down at the Kotoka International Airport. They say the incident ruined an otherwise long-awaited re-union.

Amidst the drama, Amoateng’s son says: “When you mention the name Amoateng, there are some people who are proud and there are some people who dislike it. There are some people who do not relate to him but still hold the name Amoateng… I walk as an ordinary young man and I wonder whether people will like to have anything to do with me just because I bear the name Amoateng,” Akwasi told Citi FM.