The Ghana Police Service has admitted that it planted a ‘stranger’ in the cell of a convener of the #FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor when he was arrested.
In explaining the motive, the Police explained that the move formed part of its standard protocol for extracting information from cell inmates, according to court documents available to The Fourth Estate.
“To gather information on cell remands, informants are sometimes planted in the cells. The informant was not placed in the cells to harm the applicant,” the police said.
The police’s admission was contained in a response to a lawsuit filed by Barker-Vormawor, alleging torture and abuse of his rights during his arrest and detention early this year.
In a lawsuit which he filed on June 30, Mr Barker-Vormawor alleged that a muscular and heavily-built man was brought into the cell in which he was kept on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
He also alleged that the commander of the Ashaiman Police Station brought the said inmate an “exceptionally heavy” loaf of bread which contained a “penknife and a mobile phone”.
But the Police denied that it contained a pen-knife while admitting that a cell phone was found after Mr Barker-Vormawor instigated the cell inmates to break the bread.
“It is untrue that there was a hidden pen-knife in the loaf of bread given to the informant,” the police’s affidavit in opposition said.