‘It’s alarming’ – House of Chiefs condemns separatist attacks in parts of Eastern Ghana

Togbe Afede

The National House of Chiefs has condemned the wave of violence perpetrated by a suspected separatist group in parts of the Eastern and Volta Regions of Ghana.

There has been widespread condemnation after armed men believed to be members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) attacked two police stations in the eastern part of the West African nation in a bid to declare the territory independent.

They managed to capture three personnel of the Ghana Police Service during the dawn attack and reportedly made away with weapons belonging to the officers.

Their action created huge vehicular traffic on the Trans-West African highway towns of Juapong, Sogakope, and other adjoining towns, prompting police and military action.

Joining its voice to the others, the President of the National House of Chiefs condemned the act, describing the happenings at that enclave as “alarming”.

“These are the kind of things that I have not recollected ever happening in our country,” said President of the House, Togbe Afede XIV, adding: “it requires the support of all of us to ensure that this does not escalate any further; that our country would remain a peaceful nation that is always been.”

He made these remarks during one of its sittings in Kumasi as the Ministers of National Security and Finance paid a courtesy call on the House.

“The standing committee will issue an appropriate response after this meeting to the happenings in the Volta Region which we disapprove of…and this is not something we must condone”, Togbe Afede added.

Government must act quickly on secessionist group

On the same issue, a security analyst, Colonel Festus Aboagye, warned that Ghana may be plunged into a state of insecurity if the activities of the secessionist group are not stopped immediately.

“If we allow the situation to continue as we are seeing, we will get to a place where it will be too late to act”, the security expert told the CNR.

“Intelligence must try to be as close to incidence as close as possible. So far as I have tried to suggest, it doesn’t look like our intelligence has been that proactive. So indeed we don’t know what may happen tomorrow,” he further added.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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