The Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has described the treatment meted out to him by the Police following his arrest on Saturday as being worse than how convicted drug lords are handled.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Monday, the Convenor of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement narrated his ordeal at the hands of the Police, claiming that he had been bundled into a vehicle and told that he “would be shot” if he attempted to make a call on his mobile phone.
He described his treatment as that of a cow being sent to slaughter, adding that the police had treated him worse than some notorious narcotics kingpins had been treated when they were detained.
“They just caught me like a cow, threw me in the bucket of the pickup as if I’m for the slaughterhouse. Two policemen jumped into the car with their guns on my head. When I pulled out my phone to call my lawyer, they said put off your phone or we’ll shoot you,” he said.
“They turned on their sirens, came onto the Kanda Highway and meandered through traffic with all motorists’ eyes on me. Escobar, the notorious drug baron, was not even treated the way I was treated.”
When asked whether he was armed, Bernard Mornah responded: “I didn’t even have a car key on me.”
About 19 persons including Mr. Mornah were arrested by the Nima Police on Saturday morning when they gathered as members of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement to hold a peaceful march to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo.
According to the Police, they had earlier permitted Bernard Mornah and his group to undertake the march, however, they informed him later to cancel it due to operational challenges and intelligence that another group was trying to interrupt their activity.
But Mr. Mornah denied the claim, saying that he assured the Police the peaceful march required very little police presence.
He has since told Citi News that he has spoken to his lawyers about commencing legal proceedings against the Police later this week.
‘Same place, same time next week’
Undeterred by his arrest and treatment, Bernard Mornah also revealed that plans are in place to stage another rally on December 25.
According to him, a letter has been written to notify the Police of their intention to organise the march next week, as is required by law.
“I have drafted a letter to send to the Police tomorrow morning. A week from today, which is the 25th of December, we shall be organizing a rally at the same venue at 9 am,” he said.