Convenor of the #Fixthecountry movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, says he was manhandled by security officials while under detention for allegedly threatening a coup on social media.
â€œOn Friday, 11 February 2022, I was unlawfully detained by security officials of this regime, tortured, and subsequently held without just cause for 35 days,â€ he said in his first public statement since his release.
Mr. Barker-Vormawor said he spent 35 days in a cell that was â€œdesigned for four people but ultimately filled with nearly 30 detainees.â€
He recalled that these cells were â€œwithout ventilation and had bed bugs, cockroaches and rats crawlingâ€ inside.
Police had said the Cambridge Ph.D. studentâ€™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 GHÂ¢2 million bail by the Tema High Court after being charged with treason felony.
Mr. Barker-Vormawor clarified that his social movement has no intentions of inciting violence in the country, as some have suggested.
â€œFix the country abides by the law and it will forever abide by the tenets of democracy,â€ he insisted.
He urged Ghanaians to refrain from giving up their quest to hold those in power accountable.
â€œPerseverance in the course of justice seduces even the most stubborn members of our community, so do not lose faith.â€