National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament(MP) for Sekyere Affram Plains, Alex Adomako Mensah, has his vehicle confiscated by a taskforce set up by the presidency for that purpose.
The car was seized at Achimota on Saturday, 18 February while the MP’s driver was using it.
“They asked him to show the papers and he said he had been sent by his boss. The other two were dropped and the driver started struggling with the taskforce until a police patrol team came in to save the driver,” Mr Adomako Mensah said, adding: “The car was taken to the Tesano police station, seized …and parked there. … I went there and there was no one to be found.”
The NDC legislator said he will inform Parliament’s leadership about the incident.
Mr Adomako Mensah is the first to suffer such fate. On Friday, 17 February, fifteen police officers in six patrol vehicles stormed the home of Mr Fame Derek Djisam, the NDC’s Communication Secretary for the Trobu constituency, to seize a 2012-registered 2008 model Tundra.
The officers said they had reports that the car was a stolen state asset.
Mr Djisam told the media that despite pleading with the officers to allow him to produce documents covering the car, they insisted on towing it away in the presence of his 75-year-old mother and children.
“It’s complete madness, I mean it’s complete madness,” he fumed.
Mr Djisam said the car “is privately owned, I bought it from an expatriate” but used it to help the NDC in the 2016 election campaign.
He insisted the car was not given to him by the NDC. “Are they telling me if you do your private business, you can’t help your party?” Mr Djisam wondered.
He said he had spoken to his lawyer to sue the police officers who said they were part of the assets taskforce set up by the presidency to retrieve stolen state vehicles and other assets.
The cars of NDC members including Kofi Adams and James Agyenim-Boateng were also recently seized in similar fashion. The CID on Thursday returned all five cars to Mr Adams. That of Mr Agyenim-Boateng is yet to be returned.