The #FixTheCountry Movement’s organizer Oliver Barker-Vormawor has been sued for slander by Kan Dapaah, Minister of National Security.
This is in reaction to claims made by Barker-Vormawor that National Security officials and other government representatives offered him cash during a meeting in 2021 in order to silence him.
.In the action, Minister Kan Dapaah demands compensation for Barker-Vormawor’s defamatory remarks. The Minister is also requesting that the court declare Barker-Vormawor’s statements to be defamatory.
“recovery of the sum of Ten Million Ghana Cedis (GHC10,000,000.00) as General Damages, including Aggravated and/or Exemplary Damages for Defamation for the words uttered by the Defendant.”
The claims made by Barker-Vormawor came to light when the police let him and a number of other people go after their arrest on September 22, 2023. They were imprisoned for planning a protest in Accra that disobeyed a police-obtained restraining order.
Minister Kan Dapaah’s legal move demonstrates the government’s will to confront the accusations head-on and clear its name. The seriousness of the defamation accusations is highlighted by the Minister’s demand for GHC 10 million in damages.