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National Security Minister sues Barker-Vormawor for defamation; demands GH¢10m

By Vincent Ashitey
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The Minister for National Security, Kan Dapaah has filed a GHC10 million defamation against convener of the #FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor for allegedly defaming him.

Aside demanding a sum of GHC10 million as General Damages including aggravated and/or Exemplary Damages for Defamation for the libel uttered by the Defendant, the Minister also wants an apology and retraction of the said words.

Addressing journalists on September 22, Barker-Vormawor alleged that, he and his colleagues rejected the government’s $1 million offer after meeting the National Security Minister at a secret location.

“Unknown to the government, we have recordings, while I was in the UK, the National Security Minister [Kan Dapaah], called and invited me for a sit-down. The government offered to pay for my flight, in order to meet here in Ghana.

“This was something that was never disclosed to the public, but we met at a safe house, for us to stop our activism, this was way before we started the first #FixTheCountry demonstration. We were offered not only money but appointments, and if we agreed to stop this, we were going to be free, but the most important thing was not to bring citizens onto the streets.

He further claimed that the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah threatened to ensure they were arrested if they continued with their protests.

“When we rejected that, Kan Dapaah, the National Security Minister, said to my face that if we decide to continue on this course of action, we will be arrested. We will be dealt with and that, it will be over his dead body any demonstrations will happen. At the time we were even in Supreme Court at the time”

But the National Security Minister dared Barker-Vormawor to provide evidence over claims he was offered money and an appointment to stop his activism.

He described the allegations as false, unfounded, and a calculated attempt to hoodwink Ghanaians.

The Minister also urged the general public to ignore same and treat it with the utmost contempt it deserves