Five Ghanaian Muslim pilgrims were said to be missing at the Ghana camp at Mina in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as of Friday.A source at Mina told the Daily Graphic that the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG) could not confirm whether the missing Ghanaians, including a Hajj agent, were killed or injured in last Thursday’s stampede which resulted in the death of more than 700 pilgrims in Mina.“Five Ghanaians are confirmed missing but cannot be pronounced dead at this moment,” the source said.The source indicated that the Chairman of the PAOG, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tanko, with the support of Ghana Embassy officials and the Saudi Hajj authorities were moving round hospitals to ascertain whether there were any Ghanaians there.“The Chairman of the Pilgrims Affairs Office, Alhaji Tanko, is making frantic efforts to establish the whereabouts of the missing Ghanaians,” it said.A total of 5,309 Ghanaian Muslims are inthe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia performingthis year’s pilgrimage. In all, about two million Muslims from across the globe are performing the pilgrimage.Pilgrims AffairsMeanwhile, a statement posted by the Deputy Director of Communications of the PAOG, Alhaji Aminu Lamptey, on his Facebook page said the Chairman of thePAOG had, with dispatch, established a search team “to help search and locate Ghanaian pilgrims who got missing or involved in any accident after the stampede at Jamarat on Thursday.”It said so far, information available indicated that no Ghanaian was captured in the latest news from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj with regardto the stampede.The search team, it said, combed all hospitals for vital information, offices connected to the hajj 2015 security operations and the Muhasasa, the officein charge of Africa Hajj affairs.The statement said earlier more than 20aged pilgrims, who were missing, were brought back to the Ghana camp in Mina later last Thursday, and indicated that they were screened by the medical team.Calm in campSome of the pilgrims told the Daily Graphic that calm had returned to the camp of the Ghanaian Muslim pilgrims in Mina.One of the pilgrims, Alhaji Seth Ibrahim, a programme producer at Metropolitan Television (METRO TV), said news of the stampede created worry and anxiety in the Ghanaian camp.He also said people started calling their relatives and friends to make sure that they were safe.Alhaji Ibrahim added that some of the pilgrims who could not be reached on phone appeared later in the day and that people were now going about their normal religious rites, as if nothing had happened.According to him, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo, had visited the Ghanaian camp after the stampede.Other Ghanaian dignitaries performing this year’s Hajj are the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu and the Chief Imam of the Ahlussunna Wal Jama’a, Sheikh Umar Ibrahim.StampedeAt least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, according to Saudi Arabian officials.Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj’s last major rite.Last Thursday’s stampede was the deadliest incident that has occurred during the pilgrimage in 25 years.King Salman has ordered an urgent review of this year’s Hajj plans to improve its organisation.It is the second disaster to strike Mecca in two weeks, after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque, killing 109 people.
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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