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#OccupyJulorbiHouse: Govt tried to silence me with cash, appointments – Barker-Vormawor

The convener of the #FixTheCountry movement, Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor, has leveled serious allegations against the Akufo-Addo government and the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah.

Barker-Vormawor claims that they attempted to bribe him and his colleagues with money and appointments to halt their activism.

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Speaking to the media he revealed that and he further alleges that the National Security Minister threatened them with arrest if they continued their protests.

Addressing the media on September 22, after his release and that of his fellow activists from custody, Barker-Vormawor asserted that they had declined the government’s offer during a meeting with the National Security Minister at a undisclosed location.

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“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.

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“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”

Barker-Vormawor also alleged that the National Security Minister explicitly threatened them, saying that if they persisted with their course of action, they would be arrested and dealt with. He claimed that these discussions occurred before the first #FixTheCountry demonstration took place and while they were involved in a Supreme Court case.

Furthermore, Barker-Vormawor asserted that the government has been attempting to hinder their efforts to mobilize people for street protests for the past two years. He expressed concern for the safety of group members and advised those who are afraid for their lives not to participate.

“So I was not surprised that I was ultimately arrested by the government and continue being charged for treason. For over two years now, the government has tried to prevent us from mobilising people,” he claimed.

“If there’s anybody out there who is afraid for their lives, I implore them not to come, the purchase of our democracy should not be that people should lose their lives, in order to secure it. I don’t subscribe to that view, My belief is that those who have every faith in themselves and feel courage and the compulsion must step out. If it is five people, we are still going to be here,” he advised.

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