Even before Justice Georgina Wood settles down as the next Chief Justice of Ghana, she has started receiving bashing from no other person than Grace Asibi Asibrele, girlfriend to David Vasquez Duarte, the alleged fugitive Venezuelan drug baron.
Describing as bogus the findings of the Georgina Wood Committee, which investigated the 588kg East Legon haul and the missing 76 parcels of cocaine from the MV Benjamin vessel, Asibi said that the committee's composition and final report should not be relied upon.
To her, apart from the committee, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the police that jointly and severally looked into the two cocaine cases did such a shoddy job that the conclusion was not fool-proof.
Speaking on Accra-based Hot FM, Asibi, whose submissions during the sittings were instrumental to the committee's final compilation, said contrary to the report, nowhere was she cited as a police informant.
According to her, she smelt a rat from the first day she appeared before the committee because of the inclusion of a BNI official as a member.
Apparently referring to Mr. Kwaku Duah, Deputy Director of the BNI, Asibi revealed that the same officer had, prior to the composition of the committee, questioned her and taken notes on the East Legon cocaine issue, and she had willingly volunteered herself for that interaction.
She therefore contended that it was absurd for the officer, who was at the time already neck-deep in personally investigating the case, to be selected as a committee member.
On the claim that she was an informant to the police, she said it was a naked lie fabricated by the police for reasons best known to them, and averred that if indeed she was, she would long have been rewarded financially by the IGP for her 'job', as was done for all informants.
“How can the IGP advise an informant to go for a lawyer? Can I be an informant in such a big case without the IGP knowing it? They claim I am an informant, and yet they will not reward me for it,” she challenged.
Miss Asibi pointed out that police investigators and the entire committee settled on referring to her as an informant simply because Daily Guide had, in an earlier publication, labeled her as such. She thus blamed the paper and its publisher for her travails.
Credit: Daily Guide