Former Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has petitioned President Akufo-Addo over his vehicle which was seized when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) came to power.
Mr. Ankrah, who served as Minister under the John Mahama government, bought a Toyota Camry vehicle from the presidential pool when the NDC government was leaving power.
However, he was later instructed by the Director of Security at the presidency, Captain Edmund Koda, to return the car.
Mr. Ankrah, however, maintains that he was supposed to receive a refund of the cash value of the car after returning it.
This, he said, has not been honoured and has therefore petitioned the President over the failure to refund him the money.
“In a letter dated 28th March, 2018, Captain Edmund Koda, writing in his capacity as Director of Security specifically requested me to surrender to him the aforementioned vehicle on the ground that it was part of the pool of vehicles that were handed over to the current administration on 7th January, 2017. In the said letter, he also directed that I furnish his outfit with all the relevant documentation regarding the purchase of the vehicle in order to ensure that the entire amount would be refunded to me after I had surrendered the vehicle,” sections of the petition read.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I must state that in my quest to demonstrate that I acted lawfully in good faith and without knowledge that that said vehicle was part of the pool of vehicles handed over to the current administration, I wrote a letter to Captain Edmund Koda and explained the full circumstances regarding the purchase of the car. As a law abiding citizen, in the same letter, I reiterated my readiness to expeditiously surrender the vehicle to this outfit”
“Even though I surrendered the vehicle to Captain Koda as far back as on the 22nd of April, 2018, Captain Koda has only acknowledged receipt of same, but has neglected, failed and or refused to take steps to ensure that the consideration I paid to acquire the vehicles is refunded to me despite repeated demands.”
Upon assuming power after the 2016 elections, the NPP government set up a ‘Task-force on Retrieval of State Assets’ to take back state assets supposedly stolen by members of the previous government.
Aside Mr. Ankrah, actor John Dumelo and immediate past NDC National Organiser, Kofi Adams, also had their vehicles seized.
Although, Mr. Adams’ vehicles were later returned, the same cannot be said for Mr. Ankrah.
In his petition, the former Sports Minister said the behaviour of the security director smacks of bad faith.
According to him, he has not even received any communication after returning the vehicle.
“… it smacks of extreme bad faith that long after the vehicle and all relevant documentation have been provided, the refund has not been effectuated. Till date, I have not received any communication from him with respect to when the refund will even be done.”
The petition further read: “In the light of the indifference of Captain Koda to my legitimate demands and to nip in the bud, this act of injustice that is being perpetrated against me, in a letter dated, 11th September 2018, I petitioned the Chief of Staff to inquire into the full circumstances, and to further ensure that either the full consideration I paid is refunded to me or in the alternative the same vehicle be returned to me in the same condition in which it was at the time that I surrendered it on the 22ndof April, 2018. It has been eight months now and I have also not received any feedback from the Chief of Staff.”
“It is against the backdrop of the foregoing that I am petitioning your good office to ensure that steps are taken to ensure that: i. The sum of GH¢ 37,402.73 (Thirty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Two Cedis, Seventy Three Pesewas) being the total amount I spent in acquiring the vehicle be refunded to me as soon as practicable, or
“ii. The Toyota Camry with registration No. UE 136 – 14 (ER 357 – 17) and Chassis nu. 6TIBF9F9FKIEX499913
“iii. A full investigation is conducted into the matter to ascertain legitimacy of all processes that have been taken so far as the surrender of the vehicle since there is growing public perception and rumour that such seizures are unauthorized and vehicles seized in such a manner are either distributed to friends and cronies or resold on the open market.”
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