The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has donated some items seized from Nayele Ametefe, the Ghanaian/Austrian drug baron to three institutions - an orphanage and two rehabilitation centres in Ghana.
The items including furniture were seized from Night Angels, a shop which belonged to Nayele. The items were on Wednesday morning presented to the three centres at Korle Bu, Ashaiman and Medie.
Nayele Ametefe was arrested at the Heathrow Airport in November 2014 and sentenced to 8 years 8 months imprisonment by a court in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015 for transporting 12kg of cocaine into the UK.
NACOB and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) filed an application on December 3, 2015 praying the court to grant an order for them to confiscate the properties of Nayele.
The properties included two houses, one at East Legon in Accra and one at Pease in the Ashanti region, an electrical shop known as Night Angels Enterprise, located at Dzorwulu, and six Fidelity Bank accounts with total cash of approximately GH¢23,000.
The court, in a ruling on April 6, 2016 granted the applications and ordered the confiscation of the electrical shop and the six bank accounts, stating that the properties were derived from the proceeds of a crime.
The confiscation order, however, did not include two houses in dispute due to a suit by Nayele’s mother, who is claiming that the houses belonged to her [mum] and not Nayele.
The houses are at the moment the subject of a legal battle between the mother of convicted drug peddler and the state.
Nayele’s mother, Madam Akua Adubofo, claims the house, located at East Legon in Accra, and another at Pease in the Ashanti Region, belong to her and not her daughter.
She subsequently filed a suit in 2016 at the Financial and Economic Crimes Division of the Accra High Court seeking to prevent the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) from confiscating the two houses, after her daughter’s imprisonment in 2015.
But in a twist of events, the Head of Ratings at the AMA, Mr Emmanuel Anerboye Abbey, who is a witness in the case, told the court early June 2017 that the house was registered in the name of Ruby Adu Gyamfi, aka Nayele Ametefe.
Mr Abbey, who was giving his evidence–in–chief, stated that the AMA captured the said property on its valuation list in 2006.
“The property was finally registered in the name of Ruby in 2013. Therefore, per the rating list, the owner is Ruby,” he said.
The case is still pending.