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31 arrested suspected Western Togoland secessionists airlifted to Accra [VIDEO]

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Some members of the group agitating for the restoration of the Western Togoland as an independent state from Ghana arrested for Friday morning disturbances have been transported to Accra.

Numbering about 31, they were airlifted to Accra aboard an Airforce helicopter.

They were received at the Airforce base in Accra for onward transport to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters of the Ghana Police.

Some of the exhibits picked up from them were flags which had inscriptions of the separatist group, Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) on them.

Some of them had video content on their mobile phones which linked them to the agitating separatist group.

The suspects blocked various roads in the Volta Region Friday dawn which resulted in a heavy vehicular traffic in various areas.

Background

The HSGF, a group championing the secession of parts of Ghana along the border with Togo, declared independence for the territory they call 'Western Togoland' on November 16, last year.

The leader of Western Togoland independence, Charles Kormi Kudzodzi, announced the separation of Western Togoland from Ghana after a meeting in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.

After that announcement, some members of the group were arrested after they were alleged to have engaged in activities to champion the cause of the group.

On December 30, 2019, the Northern Regional Police arrested 18 people suspected to be part of the separatist group.

The arrest followed intelligence that some members of the alleged separatist group from Kpassa were holding a meeting in a primary school in Bimbila, with the aim of recruiting some youth to assist in their secessionist activities.

A joint military and police team was then deployed to the scene to arrest them.

On December 1, last year, the police in the Upper East Region also arrested 10 people said to be connected to the secessionist group.

The suspects were rounded up in an operation in Tumu in the Sissala East District.

Related: Police expose 'Western Togoland' secessionist group's plans

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