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Govt denies claims #Fixthecountry's Oliver Barker-Vormawor was tortured while in police cells 

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Oliver Barker-Vormawor
Oliver Barker-Vormawor
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The government has denied claims by #Fixthecountry's Oliver Barker-Vormawor that he was tortured while in police cells.

Deputy Attorney General, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah said on issues of poor conditions in the cells, Barker-Vormawor has a point but on issues of torture that can not be true. 

"He spoke about the conditions of the cells actually that will not amount to torture, talking about poor conditions in our cells he will have a point because it is not a new thing but talking about torture I beg to differ unless he provides other evidence."

He said if the Barker-Vormawor is able to provide evidence of the said torture the state will be interested in looking at it.  

"If he provides better particulars of how he was tortured, perfectly we will be interested in looking into it because as a state we believe in the fundamental human rights of our citizens."

Barker-Vormawor in a Youtube address charged members of the #Fixthecountry movement not to relent on their effort for a better Ghana.

He said: "I know for some people my arrest and subsequent unlawful detention has either broken your spirit or made you withdraw your enthusiasm because you have seen the vengeful and lawless the leadership our country is up close and personal some of you have become more afraid, you've started to wonder if we can win against people who are not shy... I have come out to find some of you more afraid than you started I urge you not to lose that fear but to embrace it."

He also revealed that he was manhandled by security officials while under detention.

“On Friday, 11 February 2022, I was unlawfully detained by security officials of this regime, tortured, and subsequently held without just cause for 35 days,” he said in his first public statement since his release.

Mr. Barker-Vormawor said he spent 35 days in a cell that was “designed for four people but ultimately filled with nearly 30 detainees.”

He recalled that these cells were “without ventilation and had bed bugs, cockroaches and rats crawling” inside.

Police had said the Cambridge Ph.D. student’s arrest was as a result of a post he had made on Facebook threatening to stage a coup if the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) is passed.

He was subsequently granted a GH¢2 million bail by the Tema High Court after being charged with treason felony.