June 4 armed demo: Captain Smart ‘exposed’

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Captain Smart, host of Onua FM Morning Show, is on record to have said he is not aware of any letter by his group, #FixTheCountry Movement, notifying the Ghana Police Service of a planned demonstration on Saturday, June 4, in which they [protestors] requested to hold weapons and to hire private security personnel.

The Accra Regional Police Command named him [Captain Smart] together with Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah, Benjamin Darko, and Oliver Barker-Vormawor in a letter they received notifying them of a planned three-day demonstration.

The group indicated that the demonstration was to start on Saturday, June 4, 2022, adding that they intended to contract a private security company to protect them.

“That the demonstrators and the contracted private security personnel will be armed with weapons.

“That the armed demonstrators will picket at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and the Ghana Police Headquarters.

“That at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), they will demand to speak directly to the nation on GTV and layout their grievances,” the police said in their statement indicating that they cannot ‘shepherd’ such a demonstration.

Reacting to this on 3FM on Wednesday, June 1, Captain Smart denied knowledge of the said letter and its content.

According to him, he never signed such a letter and charged the police to arrest and deal with whoever was behind the letter.

“Yes, we want the right things to be done, things are not right in this country, but I don’t support violence and not in any way will I, want to have a blade in my hand to demonstrate; we did the first demonstration without even a stick… whoever wrote that letter is sick,” he stated.

“…and then if I am a convener and you want to write a letter on behalf of all the conveners, courtesy demands that at least let me know the content of the letter you are sending on our behalf,” Smart added.

But it has emerged that, Captain Smart was privy to the contents of the letter that the members of the #FixTheCountry Movement sent to the police.

GhanaWeb sighted a purported WhatsApp screenshot between one of the protest leaders, Oliver Barker-Vormawor and Captain Smart.

Barker-Vormawor, who was the one who wrote the letter on behalf of his colleagues had sent the pdf soft copy of the letter to Captain Smart on WhatsApp, with the letter saved as “Notice to the Police”.

Barker-Vormawor wrote, “Captain, this is the notice to the police.”

Captain Smart replied, “Great”.

Oliver Barker-Vormawor followed up with a need for amendment: “hold on, I have decided to add more things to make it more scary.”

Then, Captain Smart replied, “Ok boss.”

however, cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the said WhatsApp conversation screenshot shared by Oliver Barker-Vormawor which is now removed .

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