'Western Togoland': Police pick up 10 more members of Volta secessionist group

'Western Togoland': Police pick up 10 more members of Volta secessionist group
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline | Jerry Tsatro Mordy
Date: 01-12-2019 Time: 06:12:32:pm

Police in the Upper West Region have arrested 10 persons said to be connected to the group that recently declared independence for the Volta Region.

Myjoyonline.com has learnt that the suspects were all rounded up in an operation at Tumu in the Sissala East district.

Details of the suspects are not yet known but we can report that they are currently in the custody of the Upper West Regional Police Command pending further investigations.

The Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) led by 85-year-old Komi Kudzordzi, announced its separation on their official social media handles on Saturday, November 16, after a group meeting was held in Ho.

“Today the 16th of November 2019, the leader of Western Togoland independence Mr Charles Kormi Kudzodzi has announced the separation of Western Togoland from Ghana. He sighted numerous reasons as the bases for which the union that was not established must not be recognized. More information will soon reach the General public soon,” they wrote on Facebook.

The 85-year-old Charles Kudzodzi has reportedly gone into hiding since he led the group to declare the Volta Region 'independent'.

Five members of the group are already facing treason charges for taking part in the activity which announced that the Volta Region was now ‘Western Togoland’

They have been remanded into prison custody until December 4. They are Peter Godfriend Edem, Mkpe Tornyi Kudjo, Kofi Agbeko, Agbenyaga Akudzi and Ibrahim Tofa.

Homeland Study Group Foundation

The group, Homeland Study Group Foundation has been advocating the independence of former Western Togoland made up of Volta Region, Oti Region and parts of the North East Region, Northern Region and Upper East Region.

The region was a German colony but at the end of World War I, it was split in two and the Eastern side ceded to France and is present-day Togo.

The Western side was a British protectorate and voted in a plebiscite in 1956 to join Ghana which was about to be granted independence by Britain.

The Homeland Study Group Foundation argues that the agreement to join Ghana included forming a union in 50 years.

They claim the said union was never formed so since 2007, the group has been championing separation from Ghana.
Leaders of the group have been arrested in the past and released.