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I apologize for commenting on NAM 1 - Ghana Consul-General to Dubai

By Mutala Yakubu
Ghana Consul-General to Dubai, Samata Gifty Bukari
Ghana Consul-General to Dubai, Samata Gifty Bukari

Ghana Consul-General to Dubai, Samata Gifty Bukari has rendered an apology to the government for her comment on the embattled CEO of defunct gold dealership firm, Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah aka NAM 1.



She’s also retracted same. Mrs. Samata Gifty Bukari in an interview with Kasapa News on Monday revealed that NAM 1, intended looking for money to pay aggrieved customers in Ghana prior to his re-arrest by INTERPOL in Dubai.

She stated that her briefing from her Officer in charge of consulate affairs who has keenly followed the NAM 1 case suggest that NAM 1 is hopeful of settling his indebtedness to the customers after his release.

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“When NAM 1 had the bail my briefing is that he planned to look for monies to come down to Ghana and pay the teeming customers but Interpol was also on his neck. As soon as he was granted bail Interpol got him arrested. He’s hopeful of being done with the case in Dubai soon, then after he will attend to the several thousands of Menzgold customers because he himself is not a free man. He’s helpless now as he is on remand.”

But it has turned out that her comments have breached a government directive banning all government appointees from speaking on the Menzgold issue.

In an interview with Kasapafmonline.com, the Consul-General said “I apologize profusely to government and particularly Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and the people of Ghana for unknowingly flouting the directive. I retract every bit of my comment.”

NAM 1 had been in police custody after a misdemeanour charge was preferred against him over a US$23-million deal gone bad. On the 4th of March, 2019, he was granted bail but due to the red alert notice on him, he was rearrested on the instructions of Interpol.

A Dubai-based businessman reported Mr Mensah for fraud in May 2018. Unaware that he was on the Dubai police’s wanted list, he went to the Emirates with the hope of receiving a huge amount of money due him as a result of his earlier transactions with the Emirati, only to be arrested when he presented his passport to undergo immigration formalities.

But NAM 1 has won his court case in Dubai.

The court which pronounced judgment Tuesday morning has also ordered the company, with which he had had issues with, to pay him all outstanding debts, reports say

NAM 1 has been in Dubai cell since November 2018 over a gold deal gone bad.

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