When news broke out of the arrest of 8 men including 80-year-old Chairman of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), Papavi Hogbedetor, followers of the news were informed of an attempt to declare independence by these freedom fighters for the Trans-Volta Togoland on May 8th 2019.
New coming in suggests that there was more to that. The group have been alleged to be training militias in the Volta region to serve as its army.
Information coming indicates that the group have succeeded in coming out with a draft constitution and a national emblem. They also have their national anthem ready.
The Ghana police in an attempt to keep citizens updated of the situation and reasons for their arrest has released a press statement.
Find below the full content of the press release.
1. Eight persons, believed to be leaders of a group called “Homeland Study Group Foundation” which is aimed at seceding from Ghana to declare an independent country called “Western Togoland” out of Ghana have been arrested.
2. They were arrested on Sunday 5th May. 2019 in the course of a meeting to finalise arrangements to declare independent Western Togoland on 9th May 2019. The arrest was made by a team of all the intelligence agencies in Ghana, including Police and the Armed Forces.
3. Intelligence agencies have gathered sufficient evidence including a constitution, national emblem and anthem prepared by these eight persons and others for their supposed country. Activities of the group also include illegally recruiting and training young people in a “militia style” for them to form the core of their supposed country’s armed forces and police force.
4. Police Administration assures the public that any person who is found culpable of wrongdoing would be dealt with according to law and is, therefore, urging the public to volunteer information.