We’re investigating attack at Ho STC – Ghana Police


The Ghana Police Service says investigations have begun into the alleged attack on the Ho STC by persons believed to be members of the Western Togoland secessionist group.

The Service said preliminary investigations have revealed that 11 vehicles were parked at the scene at the time of the attack. One bus was completely burnt with another slightly burnt.

“The arrival of police and Fire Service personnel saved the situation,” Joy FM quoted the police as saying.

Eyewitnesses accounts suggested that in the early hours of Tuesday, at about 02:00 am, four men, suspected to be members of the Western Togoland separatist group stormed the Ho STC.

The assailants are reported to have asked for the keys to all the vehicles parked there and started to set two minibuses ablaze when the drivers did not produce the keys.

The police said it took their intervention and that of the Fire Service to calm the situation.

Though the identities of the men who attacked the company are yet to be known, the appearance of a “Western Togoland” flag at the scene, has raised suspicion that the act was perpetrated by its members.

The police, however, are urging calm in the Region as they commence investigations into the matter.

The Service further urged the public to volunteer information to them and security services to facilitate investigations.

The attack appears to raise concerns about the government’s approach to deal with the matter.

Though some 31 persons have been arrested in connection with a disturbance on Friday, many believe enough has not been done to bring the situation under control.

A security analyst has said it is high time the government sat at a table with leaders of secessionists’ group demanding independence from Ghana to form an autonomous ‘Western Togoland.’

Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) believes an engagement between the two entities is critical in preventing the seeming growth of recalcitrant acts perpetrated in the Volta Region over the past week from escalating.

“Negotiation and mediation do not only seek to find solutions. Sometimes, it’s for purposes of communications… We need to find out the legitimacy of their struggle and who they represent. They also need to understand us as Ghana,” he told Joy News on Tuesday.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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