Crime & Law

Government will deal with secessionist groups – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo- Addo says government will deal with secessionist groups making claims for an independent state within the country.

The President who has received a lot of backlash for remaining quiet on the issue after the group recently blocked roads leading to the Volta Region and attacked the Ho branch of STC, said he has confidence in the security agencies.

The President said the security agencies are professional and equipped to deal with such insurgence.

“It is just a handful of people; these secessionists. We will deal with them. I have no doubt about it but there is no value for this country if I start making hysterical statements. I trust the security agencies, the armed forces, the police, I trust their leadership and intelligence agencies and I know they are all working very hard to make sure that this matter is dealt with as quickly as possible,” Nana Akufo-Addo said in an interview on Hello FM in Kumasi on Wednesday.

The government is currently holding 34 persons believed to be members of a separatist group that blocked the Juapong–Accra, and Sogakope–Accra main roads, raided police stations and stole some state assets last Friday.

One person was later reported dead during security personnel’s attempts to try and restore order to the area.

On Tuesday dawn, it was reported that some Homeland Study Foundation members attacked the State Transport Corporation (STC), beating up drivers and setting ablaze some buses.

Police presence has since been intensified in the areas concerned but a section of the population has criticized the government over its failure to prevent such developments.

Similarly, Vice President, Dr Bawumia has condemned the activities of the group describing them as ‘criminals’.

According to him, government is in no way considering a negotiation with the secessionist group. He added they will be treated as who they are which is criminals.

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