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Carl Wilson, the darling boy of Alex Segbefia, deputy Chief of Staff who is embroiled in the confiscated cars selling syndicate, has again been fingered in an alleged carting away of stolen goods from the United Kingdom.

As Chairman of the Confiscated Vehicles Committee, Mr Wilson has been arrested once briefly by security operatives over a number of suspected car deals in the country, but was expectedly released almost immediately, apparently due to his intimate connections with some of the nation’s power brokers.

Carl Wilson has been accused several times of allegedly stealing confiscated cars and selling them on the open market with the help of garage operators.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia, Dr Mattew Opoku Prempeh, has asked government to investigate the deputy Chief of Staff’s man for purportedly taking away at Tema Harbour, 18 confiscated motorbikes believed to have been stolen from London, since the issue has the potential of denting Ghana’s image internationally.

According to Dr Opoku Prempeh, security agents at the Tema Port impound the motorbikes, which were shipped in a container sometime in April last year and that Mr Wilson recently allegedly disposed off the said motorbikes.

The police, Dr Prempeh indicated, later informed the Interpol in London, requesting to know whether the stolen items were actually from the United Kingdom. He stated that Interpol replied, confirming that the motorbikes were actually stolen in London and requested that the items be repatriated, having given the names of the owners of the items, which included a Ghanaian.

Unfortunately, the motorbikes have not been repatriated to London as requested and seem to have vanished into thin air at the Tema Port.

Expressing concern in an interview, Dr Prempeh lamented, “If security agents can seize goods whose owners are not in doubt and faceless people can sell these items, then Ghana’s reputation abroad is seriously at stake.”

The situation, he pointed out, is soiling Ghana’s image abroad and injuring the country’s reputation as a secured investment destination, considering the fact that the NDC Administration, led by President Atta Mills, has recently advertised in the Financial Times in London with millions of cedis, showcasing the country as a credible, secured and peaceful nation for investment.

He called on government to act with dispatch on the stolen motorbikes to save the country from possible disgrace abroad, stressing that the issue is not about damaging the reputation of the NDC administration, but brining perpetrators to book.

The situation has compelled Dr Prempeh to file an urgent question in Parliament, asking the Ministry of the Interior to inform Ghanaians about the whereabouts of the motorbikes.

Commenting on the issue last Friday, the Manhyia MP expressed concern that the question was not captured in the business paper for this week although it was filed about a month ago. He appealed to the Speaker of Parliament, Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo, to intervene on the matter and facilitate the process of bringing the Minister of the Interior to answer the question on the vanished motorbikes.

In a related development, the MP for Asokwa in the Ashanti Region, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, has demanded that Carl Wilson’s boss be questioned by government for allegedly selling state cars cheaply and giving some out as freebies.
 
 
Source: Daily Guide/Ghana
 
 

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