Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah, the National Treasurer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), yesterday testified in the trial of the 11 persons arrested over the raid at the party’s headquarters in Accra last year.
According to him, information he had was that the cost of damage was between GH¢28,000 and GH¢30,000.
Led in evidence by DSP Abraham Annor in the court, presided over by Mrs. Ruby Adjeley, Mr Abankwa Yeboah stated among other things that he was informed about what had happened at the party headquarters.
The NPP National Treasurer said he as a result went round the premises to examine the extent of damage.
Abdul Aziz Mohammed, lawyer for the 11, had subjected the witness to a grueling session of cross-examination.
Mr Yeboah was the second prosecution witness to testify in the case, after one Robert Essuman, a caretaker at the NPP headquarters.
Hearing had been adjourned until January 25, 2016.
Eleven persons, including Bismark Osei Danso, a 58-year-old contractor/ex-soldier and purported ring leader of the suspected soldiers, are standing trial for invading the NPP head office.
Danso reportedly mobilized eight retired soldiers resident at Kakasunanka near Michelle Camp, close to Tema, made them dress in military uniforms and took them to the NPP headquarters between the hours of 1:30 and 2:30 am on November 23, 2015.
The other accomplices are Kwame Adu Annan, Nii Teiko Ayi-Bontey, Shamzi Dinni, Obed Yawson Danso, Ali Iddris, Razak Ebenezer Aduful, Abdul Wudu, Rakia Ali Mohammed and Ben Okyere.
They have denied the charges of unlawful entry, unlawful purpose on private premises and causing unlawful damage to the tune of GH¢28,000.
The accused persons are each on GH¢10,000 bail with two sureties.
They are also to execute a bail bond to be of good behaviour or in default serve three months in jail.
The accused persons were arrested upon information that some soldiers had invaded the NPP headquarters and were causing damage to properties.
The police went to the scene where Danso and 10 others in red T-shirts with the inscription “United Patriots,” were arrested.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson