Actor John Dumelo has been caught up in the government effort to retrieve government vehicle in the hands of former government officials or private citizens as a V8 in his possession was captured by state security operatives.
The black Toyota Land Cruiser, with registration number GE 8118 –16, was at a garage in Abelenkpe where the actor had sent it for a full ‘pimping’ – including respraying and replacing certain parts, when officials of national security descended on the place upon a tip-off.
According to local newspaper the Daily Guide, the operatives found out about the car and earlier met the garage owner who confirmed the vehicle had been brought by the well known NDC supporter. Thus National Security officers invited him over to confirm, at which point he meekly surrendered the vehicle.
When the operatives invited him to the garage, he reportedly panicked and shook like rain-beaten chick, before surrendering the expensive vehicle without any protest.
The operatives, upon a tip-off, swooped on the garage a couple of weeks ago and got hold of the auto mechanic who told them that the vehicle belonged to John Dumelo.
He was then telephoned to come to the garage and upon arrival, he’s reported to have first said that he bought the V8 from a car dealer, Svani Company Limited, and claimed he was yet to complete the payment.
The operatives then keyed in the chassis number into a centralized computer system but the results showed that the vehicle was registered in the name of the National Security Secretariat which is a property of the Government of Ghana.
Sensing he was getting into trouble, he’s reported to have quickly changed his story, claiming that it was former First Lady Lordina Mahama who had given the V8 to him.
The security operatives immediately decided to crosscheck from the First Lady to ascertain the facts but the actor (Dumelo) reportedly pleaded with them to stop and just take the vehicle away.
When the security personnel got to the garage, the vehicle had been dismantled and was going through re-modeling, including re-spraying – with parts allegedly imported from Dubai.
John Dumelo was said to have brought some spare parts from Dubai to enhance the looks of the vehicle.
DAILY GUIDE sources say he reportedly got two V8s from the NDC government, with his girlfriend driving one of them.
When he was asked to direct the operatives to the whereabouts of the other vehicle, he pleaded with them to allow him to travel to London and return to produce it.
According to sources, Dumelo had released the other V8 which is believed to be ash in colour to his girlfriend who is currently using it. He told the operatives that he was going to return it after the girlfriend had returned from a trip she had used it for. As at press time yesterday, the second vehicle had not been returned.
When he was reached via telephone for his comments yesterday, John Dumelo said, “I wouldn’t like to comment about it.”