The five cars seized by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service have been released to the National Organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, after he had provided all the necessary documents covering them to ascertain the ownership of the cars.
Mr Adams’ lawyer, Samson Lardy Anyenini, confirmed the release of the cars on Thursday, 16 February on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, a political talk show.
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.