Barker-Vormawor granted GH¢30k bail

Source The Ghana Report

Convener of #FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, has been granted a GH¢30,000 bail by the Madina District Court.

The youth activist was arraigned with two others for careless, inconsiderate driving and non-observance of road signs today, Tuesday, 17 May 2022.

Mr. Vormawor pleaded not guilty and was subsequently granted bail.

The two others, however, pleaded guilty and were fined GH¢300 each.

As part of the bail conditions, he is to present two sureties.

The #FixTheCountry convener was arrested at the East Legon tunnel in Accra as part of an operation by the police to control traffic.

The road exercise by the police is part of a campaign to rid the roads of indiscipline and reckless driving.

Other high-profile personalities who have been arrested as part of the exercise include; Rev. Lawrence Tetteh; former Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta-Akyea; and former Energy Minister, Emmanuel Kofi Buah.

Oliver’s woes with the court

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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