Kwesi Pratt Jr., a senior writer and editor of The Insight, has described how Kotoka International Airport (KIA) security officers took a Ghanaian man’s property as he attempted to leave the country.
According to him, authorities took the man’s gold bracelets and ring on the pretext that Ghana was in financial trouble and that his goods would be utilized in the administration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “Gold-for-Oil” strategy.
“A Ghanaian man was travelling out of the country, and when he got to Kotoka International Airport, they seized the gold ring and bangles he was wearing. They [KIA Officials] told him that the country was broke and that it needed gold to go and buy oil,” he narrated.
On Friday, September 15, 2023, Kwasi Pratt Jr. posted on his Facebook page that the man’s sister, a Ghana Police Service officer, had told him about the event.
“I am telling you, they seized his wedding ring. The guy’s sister was the one who called me to inform me.”
“I told her that she was telling lies and she was bringing me the seizure notice. Lo and behold, the documents were brought, and truly, they had seized the man’s belongings”, he recalled in Twi.
On his recommendation, a police officer went to talk with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), and they acknowledged that the gold ring and bracelets had been taken, but that the owner had still not received them.