Western Togoland group takes over Juapong amid road blocks, gunshots

One of the Western Togoland signposts at an entry point

Separatist group Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) fighting for the independence of ‘Western Togoland’ on Friday dawn took over Juapong, a town in North Tongu district of the Volta Region.

The group had mounted huge sign posts with the inscription ‘Welcome to Western Togoland‘ at different entry points as motorists find it difficult to leave the town.

The group is claiming that it has captured three personnel of the Ghana Police Service after attacking the Aveyime and Mepe Police Stations.

Residents told Dailymailgh.com that car tyres are being burnt in the process as road blocks are being mounted at different entry points. Travelers on the Accra-Sogakope road for instance have not been able to move and are stranded due to the gridlock.

“We are seeking independence of our great motherland,” one of the separatists who failed to identify himself told Accra-based Joy FM.

“It’s a critical security situation we’re dealing with right now. We’re coordinating activities of the security services,” the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa said.

He assured that within an hour or two the “situation will be brought under control.”

“There are situation underway to get them released,” he said in connection with the arrest of the three police officers.

In early September, the police mounted a search for members of the group – Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) – after their signposts were spotted at Akuse in the Eastern Region of Ghana

The HSGF being led by nonagenarian Charles Kormi Kudzordzi operates in secrecy to avoid arrest. Some of its members are being tried currently over attempts to push for the secession of the Volta Region from Ghana for the creation of Western Togoland.

In late May, Security forces arrested 14 persons suspected to be linked to separatists Homeland Study Group Foundation. The 13 persons – 11 males and three females – were picked at a meeting at Sovie in the Volta region.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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