Police in Asunafo South District of the Brong Ahafo region have intercepted a red with black strips Mitsubishi L200 double cabin pickup vehicle suspected to be among the missing state vehicles.
The vehicle with registration number GE 9934 16 which is currently being parked at the police according to the South police Commander DSP Alfred Akwasi Boakye was arrested by a police patrol team on the Bibiani-Kukuom road on Thursday night.
“It is true we have intercepted a pickup vehicle suspected to belong to the state. My men on duty last night spotted the vehicle without a front number plate, roadworthy documents and other requirements. They suspected it could be one of the missing vehicles and therefore intercepted it. As we speak we are investigating the matter”, he disclosed to mynewsgh.com
He however revealed that no one has been arrested in connection with the incident but said one Prince Nyarko a brother believed to be a brother to the former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Eric Opoku is claiming ownership of the vehicle and has been asked to produce the necessary documents covering it.
It would be recalled that the current government on assumption of office claimed that over 600 vehicles have gone missing from the state pool of vehicles believed to have been allegedly stolen by appointees of the former administration.
The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, indicated that this was detected after the assessment of five car models in the car pool inventory of the Flagstaff House.
“Just these five models account for 208 vehicles which we strangely cannot find,” Mr. Arhin said speaking to the media.
Breaking down the current situation with the cars, Mr. Arhin said: “In total, if you look at the documents provided to me by the transport officer, we were supposed to have a total of 196 Toyota land cruiser vehicles, we are supposed to have some Toyota Land Cruiser Prados; a total of about 73 and then Mercedes Benz, BMWs and other vehicles.”
“…But what we came to meet was something that surprised all of us. For example, you take a look at the Toyota Landcruiser vehicles; we were supposed to have 196 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles at the presidency. We only came to meet 74. That means you have a total of 122 which we still cannot find. For the Toyota land cruiser Prados, the total is 73. But we only came to meet 20; so you have a 43 difference.”
“You look at something like the Mercedes-Benz; there were 24 in total; but we came to meet 11. Toyota Avalons; there were 28, but we came to meet two and for the BMWs, there were six and we came to meet only two.”