Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Limited Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1) has said he did not leave Ghana without permission while under investigation for not being licensed to operate as a gold dealer.
Earlier this year, the Menzgold CEO was in Dubai where he was arrested for defrauding a gold dealership company.
When news of his arrest broke, many questioned how NAM1 was able to travel out of the country on the blind side of authorities while he was being investigated here in Ghana.
Authorities in charge of investigations also created the impression he left the country without notice.
But addressing the media in Accra on Monday, August 19, Mr. Appiah Mensah explained that he informed authorities at the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) before leaving the country, and that he did not escape as purported.
“…I did not escape from Ghana to Dubai. I didn’t even go to Dubai first, I went overseas. So I went to certain places in Africa, all in the pursuit of debt recovery…and then I went from there to Europe, and then I went to Asia.
“I did not escape and also I would like to put on record that I Nana Appiah Mensah, I did not jump bail. The EOCO invitation and bail was not tied to a travel ban.
“The day before I will depart I informed EOCO, as a matter of fact, we can check EOCO’s record. I signed in at their front desk. I visited EOCO the day before I departed our jurisdiction, so I did not escape Ghana to Dubai or anywhere in the world,” NAM1 defended.
Asked the way forward on paying back customers of Menzgold, NAM1 said he can only make payments if his accounts are unfrozen.
He, therefore, appealed to government to unfreeze his personal accounts and that of Menzgold to enable him access funds to pay back the customers.