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Ghana appoints ‘disappeared’ ex-Gambian CJ as judge

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Mabel Yamoa Agyeman joined the country’s judiciary in 2004 through a commonwealth cooperation. She served as a judge at the high court and court of appeal, respectively, before her appointment in 2013 as chief justice.

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The Ghanaian was however dismissed only after six months in office and fled the country. 

Although no official reason had been given at the time of her sacking, President Jammeh, while appointing her successor, said: “Despite the fact that she was appointed by us; interestingly enough, she was taking orders from an embassy whose country is hostile to our country… And, that is why she has not handed over to Justice Fagbenle [her successor]; because she disappeared. Nobody has seen her up to today.”

And, ten months after her arrival in Ghana was confirmed by that country’s foreign affairs ministry, Agyeman was yesterday sworn in with four other judges by President Mahama.


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