A Presidential staffer, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe, has fired back at NDC politicians blaming the NPP government over inaction on Chinese galamsey queen, Aisha Huang.
According to Mr Tagoe, Aisha was arrested at least three times during the administration of John Dramani Mahama and each time, she was let go scot-free.
“Aisha Huang was arrested three times under Former President John Dramani Mahama’s administration, but was released on each of the occasions without a single charge to continue with Galamsey activities. Yes, three times without a single charge,” Tagoe wrote in a post on his Facebook wall.
Tagoe continued: “DO YOU KNOW WHY SHE WAS RELEASED ON EACH OCCASION WITHOUT A CHARGE? l beg, make I continue my singing my song : 🎶 🎶Okoro, you dey see wat I dey see.………… my paddy, you dey hear wat I dey hear.………. 🎶🎶”
His post comes as a firestorm has kicked off over Aisha Huang after she was recently re-arrested.
It has emerged that despite public knowledge that she was deported in 2018, Aisha had sneaked back into the country in early 2022 and continued her business as usual.
After being arrested and arraigned before court, a public debate was sparked over how she re-entered the country.
President Nana Akufo-Addo sparked off a firestorm on Tuesday, September 13th 2022 after claiming he had no idea if Aisha Huang was actually deported in 2018.
“I’m not still sure whether she was in fact deported. Or whether she fled the country the first time and has now come back. There still seems to be some uncertainty about it.
“But whichever way it is, she’s become the sort of nickname for all that galamsey represents”, he said.
Following those comments, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah quickly jumped into damage control mode.
In a post on Twitter, he sought to clarify what Akufo-Addo actually meant.
“Prez @NAkufoAddo has never said he isn’t sure if Aisha Huang left Ghana. Please quote him well. He said he wasn’t sure whether she was deported or she fled. The reason for the President’s comment is that there is a difference between deportation and repatriation,” Oppong Nkrumah said.
He added: “While the Minister for Interior can deport, the Immigration Service cannot. The instrument which the Immigration Service uses in such circumstances is a repatriation notice. Either way, the effect was that she was caused to exit from Ghana at the material moment.”
Meanwhile, Aisha Huang reappears in court today for the continuation of her trial.