Ghana’s first female Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood would be ending her tenure in eight months.
She has ahead of her departure asked her friends, colleagues and the entire country to pray for her indicating that “although it’s not ended, this is rather when I need His (God) grace and support more.”
Her ladyship is retiring later in May 2017 because per the statutes of Ghana, the Chief Justice like any other Justice of the Superior Courts, may voluntarily retire upon reaching the age of 60 or S/He can stay on until the compulsory retirement age of 70.
Madam Georgina Wood, 69 years was born on June 8, 1947 which means she attains the ripe old age of wisdom -70 in June 2017, hence her hint of exiting the position of the fourth highest arm of government.
She was appointed and sworn in by former President John Agyekum Kufour and assumed office on 15th June, 2007. Prior to that position, she had turned down an appointment to the Supreme Court by Former President Kufour in 2002 November.
With a beautiful career etched in the annals of Ghanaian history, Mrs Wood became popular in 2006 when she chaired the Georgina Wood Committee, was set up to investigate the disappearance of some 77 parcels of cocaine from a ship know as the MV Benjamin.
That high-profile case drew huge public attention which made the ‘Georgina Wood Commission’ a household name.
Addressing members of the Bench and Bar of the Ghanaian Judiciary at the special church service to open the 59th Legal Year, Her Ladyship Georgina Wood said “Brothers and sisters please thank the Lord for me.
Although its not ended, eight months more, this is rather when I need his grace and support more. I thank each one of you my colleagues on the Supreme Court who have faithfully worshipped with me year after year… I thank you all for your continuing prayer and support. I know thousands of people – that one is not lost on me… Thousands of people have borne me before the Lord and this is the reason why the Lord, in answer to their prayer, sustained me and kept me till this day.”
She continued by indicating that “one of the promises I believe in is what God says that if you give a cup of water to a prophet, you shall receive a prophets reward.
So for all those who have interceded for me, may the Lord meet each one of you at your point of need and may he bless you abundantly.”
She was preceded by George Kingsley Acquah and has been at the helm of affairs for 9 years 4 months.
Revealed: Why UK freed Nayele Ametefe after serving 3 years of her 8-year jail time
Drug Queen Nayele Ametefe has been released from jail having served only three years out of her 8 and a half years sentence for narcotics peddling and trafficking.
We learnt she was released days ago on parole for showing extraordinarily good behaviour throughout her 3 years in prison, even though she has 5 and a half years to go.
Parole is a temporary release of a prisoner who agrees to certain conditions before the completion of the maximum sentence period, originating from the French ‘parole’.
The Ghanaian who also hold an Austrian passport pleaded guilty to carrying 12 kilos of cocaine to the United Kingdom was been sentenced to eight years, eight months’ imprisonment.
Nayele Ametefe was sentenced on her own plea by the Isleworth Crown Court in London. The sentence was discounted because of her early guilty plea. Nayele appeared in court well dressed and looked indifferent when the sentence was handed down on her head.
The prosecutors told the court Nayele had $23,000 and an additional 6,000 Pounds in her handbag when she was arrested. The money was payment for her courier services.
According to the prosecutors, Nayele Ametefe was carting the cocaine to South America. Her travel itinerary, the court was told indicated that she was leaving the United Kingdom two days after her arrival, for the Dominican Republic.
The 12 kilograms of cocaine was, therefore, not meant to be consumed in the UK.
In his submission for mitigation, lawyer for Nayele told the court she came from an underprivileged home and married a spare parts dealer at Ghana’s famous spare-parts market, Abossey Okai.
She has three children, the first being 16 years old. Her marriage broke down and she has been a single mother.
According to the lawyer, Nayele came into contact with powerful people in 2004 and her life changed dramatically. She travelled extensively with influential people as their companion.
The lawyer said Nayele has remained connected to powerful people in authority who are currently in power in Ghana.
She was forced by circumstances to engage in transporting drugs to support her newly attained high-class lifestyle and to take care of her three children, the lawyer said.
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