Convener of #FixTheCountry movement Oliver Barker-Vormawor has expressed shock at the refusal of the Police to accept donations he led his movement to do at the Ashaiman Police cells where he was held custody.
The lawyer after his bail hinted of plans to donate some items to cellmates of the Ashaiman Police.
He had explained that some of the cellmates had no access to food and stayed hungry for days.
He led his team to donate to the cellmates but the Police refused to accept the donation.
According to him, he was shocked that the Police refused the donation.
In a barrage of questions, he wondered why his donation was refused when other persons had donated food items to the inmates.
“Are there others who made donations, to the Police? What was their experience?
We went and waited to make the donation during visiting hours. They refused. Why?
I (Oliver) specifically asked to speak to a number of individuals who are my Clients, why was I refused to see them? Without asking my Clients about it.
I offered to donate the items to two of my friends only, they said no; without even asking my friends whether we should.
Only two of us wanted to make the donations (myself and Felicity Nelson.) so they can’t even talk of crowd massing up. So why?”
The items he had sent to the cells for the donation included gari, sugar, milo, Nido, trash bags, Dettol, Handheld plastic/weaved Fans (for fanning themselves in the heat, and generating some air for breathing), Biscuits
Drinks (Juices $ bottled lucozade), Chocolates, Chocomilo, Water bags, Gum, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Scrubbing brush, Facetowels, Toilet rolls, Boxer briefs, First kid box: Painkillers; malaria course, vitamin C, vitamin D, Mosquito coils, Cockroach Repellent, Handwashing soap, Dishwashing soap, Clothing washing soap, Groundnuts, Shito, Menstrual pads (For the female cells)
Chips (plantain, banana, cocoyam chips.
Press Release from Ghfixthecountry
Sunday, 20 March 2022
We have just been informed by the Police hierarchy that the Ashaiman Police Station has been instructed not to accept the donations to Oliver Barker-Vormawor’s former cell mates.
As we understand, the Officers have been informed that if we persist with the donation, the Police are under instructions to say that there is no senior officer to receive the items.
We already delivered 40 bags of water to the Police before the information came through. We have been called to come back for the water.
After deliberations, our team has decided to still proceed with the donation. The Police have the option to either accept or refuse the donations to the detainees, many of whom go days without food.
We are extremely concerned that our institutions cannot in times of difficulty shed their partisan instinct, to ensure that donations which are intended for persons who are vulnerable, are catered for, and the complete disregard Police have for the detained to the point of rejecting donations that are meant for the detainees who desperately need it.
If the Police refuse the donation, we will consider donating the items to another institution such as any orphanages, shelters or charities around Ashaiman.
If you have any suggestions as to where the donation can be made, kindly let us know in the comment section.