Late Daniel Batidam’s house raided by ‘gov’t agents’ over cars, leaving family traumatised
Anti-corruption campaigner, the late Daniel Batidam, was laid to rest less than two weeks ago after his demise. But surprisingly, some of his property he left behind have now turned into a subject of controversy. And this is allegedly supervised by no other entity than the Government of Ghana, acting through some policemen and civilians.
Theghanareport.com reported today [Friday, February 21, 2020] that on Wednesday night [February 19] some six armed policemen and two civilians raided the late anti-graft campaigner’s house “to seize cars, a Toyota Camry and a Mitsubishi Pajero, which they claimed belonged to the state.”
The team was said to have been led by one Kwabena Ahinkra, who claimed “he was working under instructions from Captain Koda, the Chief Security at he Presidency.”
“The one who had the keys to the room in which the keys of vehicles were, was not present at the time; but they would not wait until she came. The family member who spoke to theghanareport.com said the handbrake of the Camry was not on, so they forcefully towed the Toyota Camry to the Adenta Police Station,” reports the online news portal.
One of the family members of Daniel Batidam was made to write a statement.
The report also said that the family are expected to send the Pajero to the Adenta Police Station where the seized Camry was taken to. The report said the family are traumatised but promised to comply with the ‘directive’.
“We are highly traumatised that barely two weeks after his burial, our Daniel is being accused of stealing state property. Someone is out to give him a bad name in his death. Why now and not when he was alive?” theghanareport.com quotes a family spokesperson as saying.
But the family are said to have denied that either of the vehicles belongs to the state. According to them, the late Batidam who served as Presidential Advisor on Corruption and Governance under president Mahama was given the option to buy his official saloon car, just like other ‘retiring’ government appointees. And they have documents to back up their claim.
According to theghanareport.com, documents it has sighted confirm that the Toyota Camry was valued by STC at Ghc25,000.00, which the late Daniel Batidam paid in addition to a duty of Ghc12,000.00 before taking possession of the vehicle.
As for the Pajero, the documents shared by the news portal show that it was bought in September, 2019. All the relevant documents shared are below:
Although these documents were shown to the team that raided the house, and which they authenticated, they still insisted on seizing the vehicles.
By a ghanahotissues.com writer
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