- An 80-year-oldman has been arrested for speaking against the creation og the Oti region
According to the police, the arrest was ordered by the DCE of Kejebi
An 80-year-old resident of Kejebi in the Volta Region, have been arrested by the police for allegedly speaking against the creation of the proposed Oti Region.
Edmond Nyarko, was arrested on Thursday after he was reportedly heard, saying that the creation of the region was unnecessary at a popular joint in Kejebi called Counter.
His arrest was ordered by the Kejebi District Chief Executive (DCE), Maxwell Asiedu without any charges pressed against him nor a statement taken from him.
According to a son of the suspect, the station commander came and told his brother that their father was brought to the police station and detained for speaking against the proposed Oti Region
Citi News reports indicate that all attempts to get the old man released have proven futile, since the station officer claims there was nothing he could do about his arrest.
Meanwhile, the accused DCE denied that the old man was arrested for speaking against the creation of the new region.
He said the man was rather arrested for championing the creation of a new country.
“He was arrested for campaigning for a new country. He said if we get the Oti Region, we will not be able to get the Western Togoland country – DCE ”
There are ongoing processes to hold a referendum within the Oti enclave, around the Northern part of the Volta Region to carve the new region out of the existing Volta Region.
Some people had raised concerns over the proposal to create the new region, but those concerns didn’t impact the plans to have the new region created.
There is however an active massive campaign within the Oti enclave to have the place carved out of the region as residents believe being made a new region will guarantee development.
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