Workers Cry For Ghanaian Customers, As Interpol Alert Reveals NAM 1 Owes Only US$1.2 Million
Some workers of Menzgold Ghana Limited, have appealed to the Akufo-Addo government, to exercise restraint in its attempt to have the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of troubled gold dealership firm, Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1), forcibly extradited to Ghana by the Interpol office in Dubai, where he is currently pursuing a debt of US$39 million owed him by Diamond Royale Company.
According to the workers, who have constituted themselves into a group called, Loyal Menzgold Staff, it will be prudent for the government Akufo-Addo to stop frustrating the young businessman’s quest to bring back to Ghana from Dubai, some $39 million he intends using to pay his clients, whose funds have been locked up with the company since August 2018.
Interestingly, The Herald has seen the Interpol Red alert signed by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) which claims that Nana Appiah Mensah, only owes customers US$1.2 million the equivalent of GHC5.4 billion.
The document titled, “Fugitive wanted for prosecution” has two pictures of Nana Appiah Mensah, his biodata and other details including his passport number, drivers’ license, physical description residence among others.
According to the Ghanaian Police, Nana Appiah Mensa, had “laundered” the money from “the public” “…into the acquisition of real estate, high value vehicles and private jet”. The arrest warrant was issued by a Ghanaian Circuit Court Judge whose name was not mentioned in the document. It was dated 10 January, 2019 and numbered 01/2019.
But in a statement jointly signed by Mr Opoku Danso Derrick, Chairman; and Mr Collins Kwakye Ankomah, Spokesperson, the group said, Mr Appiah Mensah, cannot be able to successfully retrieve the money from the Dubai-based Diamond Royale Company, as ordered by an Emirati court, if the Interpol red alert issued by the government of Ghana on their CEO still holds.
“Unconfirmed sources of information we have garnered have revealed the government of Ghana’s intention to have him extradited without doing critical follow-ups to facilitate payment of the said money.
“We, the loyal staff of Menzgold, humbly request the government of Ghana, under the leadership of His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to, first of all, declare Nana Appiah Mensah Interpol-free to facilitate the retrieval or payment of the said money”, the group pleaded, adding: “Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1) cannot come to Ghana without the said money to pay customers”.
The group said, “when the said money is paid, we, as loyal staff, can effect prompt payment to customers even with or without Nana Appiah Mensah’s presence. We strongly rely on your kind cooperation”, the statement said.
The Interpol alert in the custody of The Herald reads; “In December, 2013, suspect Nana Appiah Mensah incorporated two companies namely; MenzGold Ghana Limited and Brew MarketingConsult Limited. His wife Rose Tetteh and sister Benedicta Appiah are Directors of the companies. Suspect published a false representationto the public to place money with the two companies to purchase refined gold for sale and monthly returns up to 10% of amount placed to bepaid to the clients. Suspect Nana Appiah Mensah under his false pretext received money in excess of GH¢5.4 Billion (USD 1.2 Million) fromthe public but laundered same into the acquisition of real estate, high value vehicles and a private jet. He has since left the jurisdiction and isbelieved to be hiding in Nigeria, South Africa or elsewhere”.
It described him as “fugitive wanted for prosecution on the charge(s) defrauding by false pretences and money launderingcontrary to section 131 of act 29/60 and section 1 of antimoney act as amended (act 874).
Expected action to be taken if Nana Appiah was “traced is to locate and arrest with a view to extradition: Assurances are given that extradition will be sought upon arrest of the person, in conformity with national laws and/or the applicable bilateraland multilateral treaties”.
PROVISIONAL ARREST:This request is to be treated as a formal request for provisional arrest, in conformity with national laws and/or the applicable bilateral andmultilateral treaties.Immediately inform NCB ACCRA Ghana (NCB reference: CID.IP.8/V.19/1945/E/ES of 10 January 2019) and the ICPOINTERPOL GeneralSecretariat that the fugitive has been found.
Nana Appiah Mensah, had won a case against the Dubai Company, which had caused his arrest after some Ghanaians acting in partnership with some foreigners had succeeded in duping them. The company got him arrested simply because he knew the fraudsters some of whom are currently on the run.
But the Dubai court set him free and ordered Diamond Royale Company, to pay him for an amount of gold he had supply the company. He is also to have his legal fees and compensation paid by the company per the court directive.