General News of Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Source: Ghanaian Times
The case in which the convicted Nayele’s Mother, Ms. Akua Adubofo has filed a suit at an Accra Financial High Court restraining the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) from confiscating two houses belonging to, her was heard on Friday.
A prosecution witness (name withheld) told the court that NACOB’s investigations into the case, suggests that the confiscated houses belonged to Naa Ayele Ametefe and not her mother who is claiming ownership of the property.
Ms. Akua Adubofo, filed a suit at the court to prevent NACOB from confiscating the two houses located at East Legon in Accra and Pease in the Ashanti Region the prosecution claimed belong to the convict.
The witness, who works with NACOB, told the court in his testimony that investigations conducted at the Metropolitan Assemblies pointed to the fact that the house belonged to Nayele.
He added that he recommended the posting of seizure notice on the property when Nayele was convicted of narcotics-related offence. However, lawyer for the plaintiff Peter Dadze rejected the testimony of the prosecution witness.
Consequently, the court presided by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, adjourned the case to February 7, for further cross- examination.
NACOB and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) filed an application on December 3, 2015, praying the court to grant an order to confiscate the properties of Nayele, who was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment by a court in the United Kingdom (UK), for transporting cocaine into the UK.
The properties are two houses situated at East Legon and Pease at Kuntunse in the Ashanti Region, an electrical shop known as Night Angels Enterprise, located at Dzorwulu, and six Fidelity Bank accounts with total cash of approximately GHS23,000.
The court, in a ruling on April 6, 2016, granted the applications and ordered the confiscation of the electrical shop and the six bank accounts, stating that the properties were derived from the proceeds of a crime.
The confiscation order, however, did not include the two houses in dispute due to the suit by Nayele’s mother.