Alhaji Dawud Mohammed , the businessman arrested in connection with the controversial Nayele Ametefeh Heathrow cocaine saga, has denied being part of any ‘gang’ as speculated in the media.
A day after his freedom from prosecution, Dawud Mohammed stormed the offices of DAILY GUIDE at Nima to emphasise that he did not know any of the other accused persons in the case.
In the interaction with DAILY GUIDE on Wednesday, Alhaji Dawud expressed concern about attempts to link him to any gang in respect of the cocaine case.
He stated, ‘There was no gang; I’m not part of any gang. I don’t know the two ladies in the case anywhere.’
He said he had only done Ruby a favour but was in no way involved with any other person or business of that nature.
According to the businessman, he could only bethankful to Allah that the case had finally come to an end after several months of emotional and psychological torture and he was looking to go back to his international business partners.
The Attorney General’s Department on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, filed a Nolle Prosequi seeking to drop a charge of abetment it had levelled against the businessman for allegedly aiding Ms Nayele Ametefeh aka Ruby Adu-Gyamfi to export 12.5kg of cocaine to the United Kingdom contrary to section 56(c) and 1(1) of the Narcotics Drugs Control Enforcement and Sanctions Act of 1990.
State prosecutors had alleged that Alhaji Dawud on November 9, 2014 used his influence to help Ms Ametefeh pass through the VIP lounge at the KIA airport ostensibly to evade detection by security officers. State prosecutors added that Dawud, relying on his influence at the VIP lounge, called one Abiel Ashitey Armah, a Foreign Service Officer in charge of the VIP lounge at KIA, and two others to assist Ruby and her friends to use the VIP lounge
However, an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Francis Obiri discharged Alhaji Dawud and five other suspects, clearing them of any wrongdoing after the prosecution filed for discontinuation.
The freed suspects, Abiel Ashitey Armah, Foreign Service Officer in charge of the VVIP Lounge at KIA; Ahmed Abubakar, Protocol Officer; and Theophilus Kissi, a Civil Servant, were charged for allegedly aiding Ruby Adu- Gyamfi to smuggle 12.5kg of cocaine valued over $3 million to the UK.
Also in the dock were Sadala Nuhu and Nana Akua Amponsah, both businesswomen who the prosecution said had travelled with Ruby but managed to escape from London back to Accra.
Alhaji Dawud Mohammed was said to have facilitated the use of the VVIP lounge by the three ladies and was charged for abetment.
Vincent Aikins, counsel for Theophilus Kissi, said the state ought to have taken the decision a long time ago.
He added that ‘they should have thrown in the towel much earlier,’ because there was no foundation for the charge, especially when Ruby who had been convicted did not mention the names of her alleged accomplices.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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