In what could easily pass as one of the most harrowing real-life stories, veteran journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has rendered an account of his near-death experiences under the PNDC era when he was incarcerated by the-then leader, Jerry John Rawlings.
Narrating pieces of his story on Peace FM, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper said contrary to JJ Rawlings’ claim to innocence, he was the mastermind behind brutalities meted out to him and his colleagues.
In an earlier interview with Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, the former president recounted that the decision to throw the likes of Kweku Baako, Kwesi Pratt and others in jail became necessary as they were perceived as threats to the peace and stability of government.
JJ Rawlings is quoted to have said, “Some of these so-called intellectuals don’t have it. They don’t seem to recognize saying this or that could provoke a situation and we’ll be starting all over again. So sometimes, I had to do what I had to do in order to contain and preempt that kind of situation… Nobody did any such thing and professional soldiers don’t do things like that actually…,” Mr Rawlings said to Kwaku Sakyi-Addo on Asaase Radio.
But Kweku Baako maintains that Rawlings gave the orders for the several degrees of inhumane treatment meted out to them.