General News of Thursday, 10 January 2019
The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) is embarking on an organized search in some 194 countries to hunt down embattled Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Company Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah.
This follows the issuance of a bench warrant by an Accra Circuit Court for the arrest of the gold dealership company CEO on charges of defrauding by false pretense contrary to section 131 of Act 29 (60) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The warrant is also for the arrest of his sister, Benedicta Appiah and wife, Rose Tetteh.
The warrant means it is now the sole priority of every police officer in Interpol to ‘fish out’ the hiding place of the Menzgold CEO and hand him over to the Ghana Police Service. Focus however is on the two countries; Nigeria and South Africa where Mr. Appiah apparently used as ‘secret’ routes for his alleged escape.
With this, the Criminal Investigations Department in Ghana, headed by DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, is hundred percent confident that the ‘run away’ Menzgold Boss will be nabbed.
The customers of Menzgold since July last year, have been demanding the payment of their principal investments after the gold dealership company was instructed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to halt its gold trading operations.
Aggrieved customers have since been protesting to demand for their ‘locked up’ cash from the gold firm.
The latest incident was that which happened in Kumasi Tuesday January 8 where several customers besieged the company’s branch in the region. They among other things blocked access to Adum from Amakom road and burnt several tyres to relay their frustrations and demand for their monies.
Several others have issued threats on some major news outlets to register their seriousness about the issue. Some threats indicated a ‘no vote’ for President Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2020 elections if government does not take control of events and ensure their monies are returned.
A known member of the New Patriotic Party, following that particular threat took to his Facebook page to reveal that the businessman had violated his bail terms and was on the run and called for his rearrest.
“I understand the owner of Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, has breached his bail condition and absconded. We can’t allow those who allegedly dupe people with such impunity to get away with it that easily. Let’s smoke them out, wherever they are, and throw the book at them! While I will not want a pesewa of my tax money to be involved with this ponzi matter, I believe majority of Ghanaians will agree with me that the law must come down heavily on those who use such schemes to destroy the lives of many people,” he wrote.
Businessman Nana Appiah Mensah is believed to have jumped his bail condition and relocated first to Nigeria through the Togo Border and then to South Africa where his family has been since the news of the Menzgold scam broke.
He is believed to have jumped his bail condition and relocated first to Nigeria through the Togo Border and then to South Africa where his family has already been since reports of the gold firm’s shady deals emerged.
It is confirmed has breached bail conditions and has not reported three times in a row while his phone and other forms of contacts are unreachable.
The International Criminal Police Organisation, (Interpol), is a transparent and credible international organization that provides a list of all individuals wanted across the globe. It as part of its role facilitates international police cooperation.
Ghana joined INTERPOL in 1958 and operated its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Accra.
It is headed by a Director who has a Deputy. Its core functions include the following:
• Extradition and deportation of fugitives
• Training of Officers of all ranks in collaboration with the INTERPOL General Secretariat and the Regional Bureau
• Cooperate with INTERPOL General Secretariat and other National Central Bureaus on issues related to crime fighting and prevention.
Collaboration with the other Law Enforcement Agencies in the Fight Against Crime