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Barker-Vormawor arrested for ‘careless driving’

Source The Ghana Report

The police have arrested #FixTheCountry Convener Oliver Barker-Vormawor for a motor traffic offence.

Earlier reports suggested that he was on his way to the Tema High Court when he was picked up by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) officers.

In a Facebook post, the embattled activist indicated that he has been charged with “careless and inconsiderate driving.”

“I have been charged with careless and inconsiderate driving. I need two sureties at Madina District Court,” the post read.

In a subsequent post, he said he is “being taken to the cells at East Legon Police station now.”

Mr Barker-Vormawor has a case in court in which he’s standing trial for allegedly threatening a coup over the electronic transfer levy.

Oliver’s first arrest

The youth activist is currently standing trial on charges of treason felony at the Ashaiman District Court.

The accused was arrested on 11 February 2022 by the Tema Regional Police Command following a post he allegedly made on social media to the effect that he would stage a coup himself if Parliament passed the controversial Electronic Levy (E-Levy) Bill.

“The post contained a clear statement of intent with a possible will to execute a coup in his declaration of intent to subvert the constitution of the Republic of Ghana,” the police statement dated 12 February 2022, signed by the Director-General of Public Affairs, DCOP Kwesi Ofori said.

After his post, a section of Ghanaians who found his comments distasteful poured out on social media to call the Ghana Police Service to arrest him.

He was arraigned on Monday, 14 February 2022, and was charged with a treason felony, but he pleaded not guilty.

He is currently on a bail of GH¢2 million. He is also expected to report to the police once a week.

The controversial levy has since been passed by Parliament, with the Minority staging a walkout.

The E-Levy was implemented on 1 May 2022.

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