Gov’t arresting my colleagues unfair – Western Togoland leader

Gov’t arresting my colleagues unfair – Western Togoland leader

Leader of the Homeland Study Group Foundation, Charles Kwame Kudzordzi has expressed disappointed in government over the arrest of his fellow Western Togoland secessionists.

According to him, harassing members of the group including his wife is ‘wrong’ adding that, he is willing to avail himself to meet security personnel only if government will be civil.

“I want to the tell the government of Ghana that what has started happening is not the right thing; going round, arresting people in the streets, taking them and locking them up in cells and particularly taking my near 70year old wife and locking her up, no, that is not the right thing,” he  said in a video posted on Youtube.

In addition, he called on organisations like Amnesty international to intervene “and put the situation under control to avoid any possible mayhem.”

Background

On November 16, the group declared the Volta Region through to parts of the Upper East region as the independent ‘Western Togoland State’.

The group first made calls for the secession in May 2019.

Over 80 members of the separatist group were subsequently arrested for assembling for a protest over the arrest of seven leaders of the Homeland Study Group Foundation.

It was also alleged that group leaders were training some youth to form the core of police and military activities in the supposed new country after the declaration of independence.

The Volta Regional Security Council has so far caused the arrest of at least 10 members of the separatist movement.

Five of them have been remanded on charges of treason felony after being arraigned at the Ho District court on Wednesday.

Government’s response

The government of Ghana has served notice to deal according to law with members of the Homeland Study Group, a secessionist group, that declared parts of the Volta region independent of Ghana.

A government statement signed by Information Minister said  “Ghana remains a sovereign state which has not ceded any part of its territory to any person or group of persons.

“While admonishing the public to disregard the claims by the group, the general public is hereby informed that state security agencies are taking the necessary measures to ensure that persons involved with the illegal act, are dealt with in accordance with the law,”  Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement.

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