General News of Tuesday, 6 January 2015
The first Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, has said incarcerated Nayele Ametefe must be forced to disclose the names of the “powerful people” who aided her in the drug business.
The 32-year-old Ghanaian lady was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison Tuesday, January 6, 2015 after pleading guilty for carrying 12kg of cocaine from Ghana before being arrested at the Heathrow Airport on November 10 last year.
The defense team told the Isleworth Crown Court prior to the verdict that the mother of three admitted she has been aided in the drug business by powerful companions since 2004, but fell short in disclosing names.
She said she cannot mention names because she wants to protect her children.
The NPP national executive said it will be in the government’s interest and politicians in general if investigation is instituted into the case to unearth all the powerful hands that have played a role in Nayele’s drug business.
Rubi Appiah, as Nayele is popularly called, is believed to have used the VVIP Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport to transport the prohibited substance without any stringent security checks before boarding a British Airways flight to London.
“Let’s know those who are dealing in cocaine, for this country to have its purity so that people can respect us so that VVIP platforms are not used for trading in drugs,” Blay told Accra-based Joy FM.
“I am pooh-poohing it,” he stated concerning her decision to protect her children. “It is a convenient way of hiding it.”
Blay argued that her failure not to disclose names is “not fair” because “it puts politicians in a very bad light.”
Nine people including three officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are already standing trial in Ghana for their alleged involvement in transporting the drug. The court has granted them bail and are expected to reappear in court early January.