Three Volta Region 'separatists' arrested for treason

Three Volta Region 'separatists' arrested for treason

Three leaders of a group called the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) in Ho, who were seeking to declare the Volta Region, part of the Northern and Upper East regions as the Western Togoland state have been arrested.

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According to a report, the three Martin Asiana Agbenu, 63; Mr Divine Odonkor, 59; and the chairman of the group, Charles Kormi Kudzordzi, 83, popularly known as Papa Hogbedetor were arrested on March 7.

However, Mr Kudzordzi has been released on bail due to his advanced age.

Three arrested for treason

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The group is suspected of making efforts to declare on May 9 their day of secession.

Printed T-shirts with the inscription 'May 9 2017 is our day- Western Togoland', 'A citizen of Western Togoland' and 'Western Togoland' have seen circulation in Ho and other parts of the Volta Region.

Two women wearing T-shirts with an inscription of the map of Ghana showing the areas to be seceded were also seen.

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This is not the first mention of the group as last year, the group intensified efforts to declare Western Togoland as a sovereign state, which they claimed stretches from Kulungugu in the Upper East Region to Keta in the Southern coast.

During his vetting process, the Volta Regional minister-designate, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa described the group's activities as treasonable.

Meanwhile, the Volta Regional Police Commander, Nana Asomah Hinneh said the three will be put before court on charges of treason, and the case will be forwarded to the Attorney General for counsel.

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