Convenor of FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor

The lead convener of the #FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, says he has been arrested three times in just a year of his activism.

He added that following those arrests, he has equally been sued three times – twice by the Ghana Police Service and once by the Electoral Commissioner.

“Very bizarre that I had never been arrested in life; yet, in just one year of #FixTheCountry activism, I have already been arrested three times.

“I have also been already sued three times, twice by the Ghana Police Service and by the Electoral Commissioner,” he wrote on Facebook after his re-arrest on Tuesday morning.

Although he sees them as coincident, Mr Baker-Vormawor believes the manner in which the law is applied to ordinary citizens in the country is unfair.

According to him, it appears to be the case that only the President is above the law and cannot be touched or questioned.

“Anyway, it must all be a coincidence. I’m sure. No one is above the law except the President. I am currently being held in cells at the Madina Court. My phone is still with me…our work continues,” he noted.

Oliver Barker-Vormawor was arrested again on Tuesday, May 17.

Felicity Nelson, one of the group’s conveners, told JoyNews that he was picked up on Tuesday morning by Police officers while on his way to the court.

“He has a court hearing today. The Police officer asked him to stop and told him he is under arrest. So, he [Barker-Vormawor] asked ‘why am I under arrest?’ the Police said ‘your rights are curtailed when you are under arrest.

“So, we don’t know where he is, we don’t know who has arrested him, we don’t know why he’s been arrested. Basically, that’s what is going on,” she said.

Background

On February 10, Mr Barker-Vormawor took to social media to threaten a coup following pictures emerging from the Majority Leader’s 65th birthday bash showing an ‘E-levy’-designed cake.

He posted, “If this E-Levy passes after this cake bullshit, I will do the coup myself. Useless Army!”

In a subsequent post, he explained the context in which he used the word, coup.

He was arrested on February 11 at the Kotoka International Airport, upon arriving from the United Kingdom.

On March 16, Mr Barker-Vormawor was granted a ¢2 million bail and two sureties.