Cocaine scandal: Top businessman under investigations
Government is investigating a top business man said to have aided and abetted Nayele Ametefeh to smuggle cocaine to the UK.
Foreign Affairs Minister Hannah Tetteh would not disclose the identity of the business man except to add that the man has no link to the first family.
She told Radio Gold in an interview on Tuesday, the businessman placed a call to a top official at the Foreign Ministry to facilitate the movement of Nayele Ametefeh through the VVIP lounge at the Kotoka International Airport.
“The person who made the call is a business man. I don’t want to give his name because investigations are still ongoing but he has nothing to do with the first family.
“Or to the best of my knowledge that business man is not related to any member of the president’s immediate family and by immediate family I mean his brothers and sisters.
“That person has not yet been picked up which is the reason why I don’t want to mention the person’s name,” she indicated.
Nayele has been arrested in the UK for illegally possessing 12 kilos worth of cocaine.
Three others, Abiel Ashitey Armah, Ahmed Abubakar and Kissi Theophilus have also been arrested in Ghana for assisting the prime suspect to carry the substance through the VVIP lounge to the UK.
They have since been charged for abetment of crime.
The charged sheet intercepted by Asempa FM named one Alhaji Daud as having intervened with the three officials to give the suspect the preferential treatment.
It is not clear if the anonymous Alhaji Daud is the same top businessman the minister is referring to, but whose identity she is not ready to reveal at the moment.
BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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