An Accra High Court has ordered that the state confiscates properties of Nayele Ametefe, the convicted drug courier, serving eight years and eight months jail sentence in the United Kingdom. State has begun ceasing some of his assets. So far Six different bank accounts of the convict with Fidelity Bank have already been taken over.
According to Richard, Nii Lante Blankson, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board(NACOB) in-charge of Enforcement and Control, steps are being taken to serve Nayele with the Court ruling.
However it has not been a smooth ride for authorities, many have stood in their way of carrying out the order. Some people have been claiming ownership of some of the buildings at Pease, Kuntanase in the Ashanti Region, East Legon and Dzorwulu. Most of the people say they are the owners of the buildings and that Nayele only rented the buildings. With several documents to back their claims, this is sure not a minor hitch for authorities.
Furthermore, Nayele’s mother, through her lawyer, is also contesting that the house at East Legon belonged to her and not her daughter. According to the Ghanaian Times, the court, presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa has asked Nayele’s mother to appear before the court on April 27 to defend her position with the relevant documents.
Nayele Ametefe, was arrested on November 10, 2014 at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom by officers of the UK Border Force. According to reports then, 12kg of cocaine worth 1.872 million Pounds was found in her hand luggage. After she pleaded guilty to the crime, she was issued a discounted sentence by the Isleworth Crown Court in London.
Also prosecutors had said that 23,000 dollars and an additional 6,000 pounds was found in her handbag when she was arrested. The money was said to be payment for her courier services.