Sadalia Nuhu, one of the six persons arrested in connection with the exportation of 12.5kg of cocaine to the United Kingdom by convicted Nayele Ametefeh aka Ruby Adu-Gyamfi, is battling the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to release her vehicle which is in its custody.
Lawyers for the businesswoman have initiated a process at the Accra circuit court to compel the security agency to release the car they seized from her during her arrest.
They are arguing that once the case for which the said vehicle was seized from Ms Nuhu had been dropped, it was right for the state to return the vehicle to her (applicant).
The state in February this year dropped the various charges preferred against Ms Nuhu and five others after it had entered Nolle Prosequi to discontinue with the criminal trial against the accused persons.
State prosecutors had alleged that Ms Nuhu and one Nana Akua Amponsah, also a businesswoman, had travelled with Ruby but managed to escape from London to Accra when Ruby was busted in the United Kingdom.
Ms Nuhu and Akua Amponsah, said to be accomplices of Ruby Adu-Gyamfi, were charged for aiding and abetting the drug baroness who used the highly restricted VVIP section of the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, to board the BA 078 flight to London, per the prosecution’s own facts.
However, five months after the state had cleared Ms Nuhu, she is back in court praying the court to compel the BNI and the Attorney General (AG) to release her vehicle.
At the hearing of the case yesterday in a court presided over by Justice Francis Obiri, neither the BNI nor state attorneys were present for the matter to be heard.
The trial judge, as a result, adjourned hearing of the case until today and ordered counsel for the applicant, Andrew Bortia, to serve both the BNI and the AG with hearing notice.
Justice Obiri, who is expected to decide whether or not the state must release the said vehicle to the applicant, was empathic that he would not hear counsel for the applicant if he failed to serve the other parties with the hearing notice.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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