General News of Thursday, 9 February 2017
Lawyers for the National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have challenged the state to arrest and prosecute him if they think he stole from the state.
Lead Counsel Samson Lardy Anyenini described the police’s continuous detention of Kofi Adams vehicles which are said to have been stolen from the state is the most lawless act by the state.
“It ought to be made clear that our client is not a criminal in any criminal process, we are unaware of any judicial or quasi-judicial process that is ongoing for which the said vehicles,” he said, “for our client to be taken through such a laughable process.
Explaining his reasons for petitioning the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Top Story Thursday, Mr Ayenini said it does not reason well that Mr Adams would direct that the vehicles were unlawfully taken from his house be kept at the Police Station.
The lawyer said it ought to be made clear that his client is not a suspect adding Mr Adams is under no obligation whatsoever to even be producing the documentation to the said vehicles.
In the petition written February 8 to David Asante Apeatu, Mr Anyenini narrated what lead to the vehicles ending up at the police station.
“Sir, the said vehicles (5) which are a matter of public knowledge, were wrongfully and unlawfully removed from our client’s Golf City residence in Tema on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in a style and fashion reminiscent of excesses of the country’s dark past of unconstitutional rule.
Lead counsel for Kofi Adams, Samson Lardy Anyenini
“The group of men who engaged in the said unconstitutional conduct, criminal trespass, and violation in the face of our client’s guaranteed rights to privacy and property, have since been identified and understood to have acted on the unlawful instructions of state actors,” the petition said.
“You should know that the Honourable Minister for National Security, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah subsequently denounced the action, ordered the return the nature of the vehicles and apologised to our client while promising to discipline the said men,” the petition continued.
According to Mr Anyenini, when the vehicles were promptly returned to Mr Adam’s house, he directed that they first be put in the custody of the police for the chief purpose of independent inspection and inventory taking before he would accept them.
Upon returning to Ghana, Mr Adams sought police help to inspect and take back his cars only to be told by the police that they have a written instruction from a Presidential Staffer, Lord Commey, not to release the vehicles until purported investigations had been concluded.
He said the car documents of the two land cruisers which are in Mr Adams and his wife’s name were registered in 2013 and the other in August 2016.