I saw it coming and even predicted it in one or two of my columns. I am, of course, referring to the alleged lawsuit that the National Organizer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has reportedly filed against Maj.-Gen. Obed Akwa, the Chief of the Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (CDS of the GAF) – (See “Kofi Adams Sues Chief of Defense Staff, Abronye” Classfmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 6/29/17). In the main, Mr. Kofi Adams is seeking to recover a pistol and some unspecified amount of liquid cash that he claims were taken from one of the five vehicles that were seized from his Tema residence on February 1 this year, when a taskforce charged with the recovery of stolen state-owned vehicles stormed his house.

Ordinarily, the plaintiff ought to have been suing the Inspector-General of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), under whose purview or jurisdiction this sort of assignment falls. But in this case, we are told that the taskforce was led by one Capt. Anane Tandoh, of the Defense Mechanical Transport Unit at Burma Camp of the GAF. Also being sued by Mr. Adams is Mr. Kwame Baffoe (popularly known as “Abronye DC”), the Brong-Ahafo Regional Youth Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). It is highly unlikely to be a proverbial walk in the park for the longtime NDC National Organizer, who has to produce forensically sustainable evidence in court proving that, indeed, the aforesaid pistol or handgun was licensed in his name.

Mr. Adams would also have to prove why he decided to keep the unspecified amount of cash in his car, instead of a safety vault at his residence, if the amount that he claims to have been stolen from one of his vehicles turns out to be unusually large. He may even have to produce traceable and/or verifiable evidence indicating that, indeed, he reserved the right to have been keeping such an amount of legal tender in his vehicle instead of an appropriately designated bank account. We must also promptly note that the five vehicles, at least a couple of which the plaintiff claimed to belong to an unnamed relative, at the time of their seizure, have all reportedly been returned to the NDC’s National Organizer. The Minister of National Security, Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah, was also reported to have apologized to Mr. Adams.

Indeed, it is quite conceivable that Mr. Adams lost some of the items whose recovery has actuated his lawsuit. But, of course, the onus of proof still rests with the plaintiff, unless Mr. Adams can also prove that the taskforce that stormed his residence and took possession of his five vehicles had done so without a search warrant. I also, once again, want to highlight the fact that I have been calling, for quite a while now, for Mr. Baffoe to be returned by the appropriate authorities, both inside the Flagstaff House and the Kokomlemle headquarters of the ruling party, to his official base and position as the NPP’s Regional Youth Organizer for Brong-Ahafo, before Mr. Baffoe gets irreparably and irreversibly out of hand. Unless as of this writing, Abronye DC turns out to have relinquished his old post and to have been promptly re-designated to act and/or play his present role.

And on the latter score must be observed the fact that in recent days, Mr. Baffoe has also been intensely embroiled in a very public controversy with operatives, partisans and/or assigns of Mr. Lord Commey, the Operations Director at the Presidency. Whatever the outcome of Mr. Adams’ lawsuit, one thing is crystal clear. And it is the imperative need for the vehicle-retrieval taskforce to exercise some modicum of restraint in the conduct of its activities.

 

Source:Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.