Police arrest 81 separatists in Volta region; leader bailed

Eight of the separatists were in court in Accra
Eight of the separatists were in court in Accra

At least 81 separatists were on Wednesday arrested in the Volta region ahead of a planned demonstration, the police disclosed.

The secessionists were part of the Homeland Study Group Foundation seeking to declare the Volta region – eastern Ghana – an independent state.

The police said they were planning a demonstration on Thursday against the arrest of their leaders over the weekend.

“The Volta Regional Police Command arrested 81 members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation for their involvement in an intended demonstration against the arrest of their leaders,” a statement from the police said.

“All the suspects were arrested per intelligence jointly by the Police and Military at various entry points to the Municipality. 54 suspects were arrested aboard a bus whilst entering Ho from Aflao direction. 17 were arrested in the house of the leader of the group, Charles Kormi Kudzordzi, [Papavi Hogbedetor] near the 66 Artillery Regiment Barracks and ten were also arrested at other entry points to Ho Municipality. All the suspects including two women are currently assisting Police investigations,” CPL Prince Dogbatse said in the statement.

It added: “The Volta Regional Police Command hereby assures the general public of their safety and urges everyone to remain calm in the face of recent happenings in the region. Again, the general public is encouraged to at all times follow due process as spelt out in the Public Order Act.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the group, Mr. Kudzordzi, who was part of the eight who were arrested over the weekend has been granted bail.

The seven others have been remanded in police custody.

The case has been adjourned to May 22, 2019.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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