Volta secessionist group arrested over plot to 'form new country' finally set free

Volta secessionist group arrested over plot to 'form new country' finally set free

- The court has thrown out the case of the Volta seccessionists

- The request was granted upon the request of a state attorney

- The group of eight led by Charles Kormi Kudjordjie planned to declare the Volta region an independent state on May 9

A three-member panel of the Commercial Court chaired by Justice Jerome Nkrumah has thrown out the case against a group of secessionists from the Volta Region and the accused persons have subsequently been discharged.

Upon request of state attorney, Winifred Sarpong, Justice Nkrumah discontinued on Monday, 8 July 2019.

The court had warned the prosecutors on the last adjourned date that it will be forced to discharge the accused persons if they fail to ensure that trial started.

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85-year-old leader of the group, Charles Kormi Kudjordjie, also known as Papavi Hogbedetor, and eight others, who are members of a group called Homeland Study Group Foundation who are believed to have been championing the independence of Western Togoland (Volta Region) of Ghana, were arrested on May 9, 2019, for planning to declare that part of Ghana independent.

The group wanted a restoration of the pre-independent Western Togoland through a total break away from the current Republic of Ghana.

Although the leading figures of the foundation were ordered by a High Court in Ho to sign a bond of good behaviour and desist from their secessionist activities in July 2017, they convened another breakaway conference in the Volta Region on Sunday, 5 May 2019.

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Meanwhile, information gathered by YEN.com.gh have it that the president has kicked against moves by parliament to use $200m for a new chamber.

According to a report seen by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaweb, the president said he was focused on more top priority projects for the country, hence his rejection of the proposal.

The president was reportedly bent on improving Ghana’s roads, the education and training sector, agriculture, water and housing, rural development, and many more, cited the report.

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