Nayele cocaine saga: 6 accomplices remanded

Alhaji Dawood in (Lacoste) surrounded by family members and sympathizers decending from the court room (2)An Accra Circuit Court yesterday remanded the six people allegedly involved in the Nayele Ametefe cocaine saga, in police custody, till Friday, Decem-ber, 12.

They were Alhaji Dawood, who was alleged to have facilitated Nayele’s passage through the VIP lounge of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Sadala Nuhu and Nana Akua Amponsah, who were alleged to have conspired with Nayele to transport the narcotic substance to the United Kingdom.

The rest, Aibel Ashittey Armah, an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Theophilus Kissi of the Research Department of the Ministry attached to the VIP Lounge, and Abubakar Ahmed, a civil servant, were charged with abetment of crime, exportation of narcotic drugs, contrary to Section 56 (c) and 1(1) of the Narcotic Drugs Control, Enforcement and Sanctions, Act, 1990, PNDC Law 236.

Chief State Attorney, Inonopi Ann Mamatta, prayed the court to remand them, to allow the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to continue investigations into the matter, and later advise the Attorney-General’s Department on its findings.

However, counsel for the six, prayed the court to grant them bail, since the BNI could not indicate when its investigations would be completed.

They also argued that the fact of the matter, as given by the prosecution did not support the charge and urged the court to exercise its discretion to grant their clients bail, since investigations were ongoing.

They argued that investigations should have been concluded before arresting the alleged accomplices, adding that the failure of the police should not be to the detriment of the accused.

Counsel for Alhaji Dawood, Addo Atuah, in his submission said, if the fact presented by prosecution that the accused allegedly arranged for Nayele’s passage through the VIP lounge was anything to go by, then the fact of the matter had no link withthe charge.

He further argued that whatever substance at the centre of discussion, was sent to Nayele on board the plane, indicating that they could still have exported the substance, without Nayele using the VIP lounge.

Mr. Atuah prayed the court to grant Alhaji bail, since he voluntarily submitted himself to the police, which was an indication that he would not interfere with proceedings, when granted bail.

Counsel for Sadala Nuhu and Nana Akua Amponsah, Owusu Fordjour, also prayed the court for bail.

He said, according to the prosecution, a gentleman in a black suit, sent the substance alleged to be narcotic to Nayele, and that the two could just be friends travelling to London with her, and if she (Nayele) was arrested for carrying offensive substance, they should not be held responsible.

Mr. Frank Davies, counsel for Abiel Ashittey, impressed on the court to grant the bail application, arguing that even if the accused exercised his discretion wrongly for allowing them to use where they were not supposed to, it did not make him a participant in the crime.

Nonetheless, the prosecution prayed the court not to grant the bail, since they were non-bailable offences.

The court presided by Francis Obiri, adjourned the case to December 12, for ruling on the motion.

Nayele Ametefe was arrested on November 10 at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, for possessing 12.5 kilogrammes of narcotic substance.

She pleaded guilty in her first appearance in court in the United Kingdom, and since her arrest, the Ghana Police, have also arrested 12 people in connection with the crime.

She is due for sentencing on January 5, 2015.

By Edem Mensah Tsotorme   

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