An amount of money, thought to be in the thousands of Ghana Cedis, which was in one of Mr Kofi Adams’ two SUVs that were seized, has been “stolen”, the NDC National Organiser’s Aide Yahya Ibrahim has said.
“One of the SUVs had its windscreen cracked, one of the cars too has been ransacked, he [Kofi Adams] had some few monies in his car and some other logistics in the vehicle, which have all been taken away, but according to the police, when they brought it and they took inventory, those things were not in the vehicle,” Mr Ibrahim told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Friday, 17 February when he was asked about the condition of the five cars after the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, in whose custody the vehicles were, returned them on Thursday.
The vehicles include two Toyota Land Cruiser V8s with registration numbers GS 7451-12 and GN 7796-16, respectively and three Nissan Hardbody Pick-Ups with registration numbers GM 842-16, GM 823-16 and GM 846-16, respectively.
On 1 February, 15 armed men dressed in military fatigues, suspected to be army personnel, stormed the private residence of Mr Adams and seized all his vehicles in the company of four alleged National Security officers and personnel from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
According to Mr Adams, who said he was in Dubai during the incident, the soldiers ransacked his Tema Gulf City home and drove away the five cars.
The cars, according to the soldiers, were suspected to belong to the state and were taken to the Flagstaff House.
National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah later called Mr Adams to apologise to him saying the action was not sanctioned by officialdom. Mr Kan-Dapaah ordered the return of the cars but Mr Adams insisted they be taken to the police for inspection and an inventory taken before he could take them back. The CID, however, held onto the cars until Mr Adams was compelled to write to the IGP to demand his vehicles back.
The Pick-Ups are in the name of Japan Motors while the two Land Cruisers are in the name of Mr Adams.
Mr Adams’ aide told Moro Awudu he suspects those who stormed his boss’ home for the cars, stole the alleged money, even though he refused to disclose the exact amount.
“Indeed, they are responsible because things were in the vehicles that are missing as we speak and we are going to lodge a formal complaint to the police and we’ll pursue it legally, we will not leave it in the hand of the police to say they are going to prosecute them, no, we will pursue it legally,” he said, adding: “The one who took it knows the money does not belong to him so when we go to court he will refund it”.
Also, Mr Ibrahim said: “The military man involved, Captain Adjei Tandoh, we are going to pursue him legally and take the Ghana Armed Forces on in the coming days.”
He added that one of the Pick-Ups has also been damaged. “… I’m sure when they were reversing, they did not reverse well so it hit something, so, there is a small damage at the back of which we notified the police.”