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Majority of Volatarians are against ‘Western Togoland group’ – Regional Minister

Volta Regional Minister Dr Archibald Letsa says about 98% of Volatarians are against the activities of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), a secessionist group seeking to be independent.

The group which has over the years demanded independence from Ghana took the matter to an extreme level today, September 25, 2020 blocking major roads and entries.

Mr Letsa says most people in the Volta Region do not support the activities of the group and have continuously expressed disappointment with what they set out to do.

“We have a situation we are trying to deal with, it is critical. The situation is complex and we are putting all measures in place to clear the roads, we appeal to those stuck in traffic to be patient because we are working around the clock. The majority of people in the Volta Region, about 98% of the people don’t support what is going on. Many people in the Volta Region are embarrassed by the activities of these people.”

The group in the past have been arrested, taken to court and warned to desist from their activities but have begun again.

Reports say they have seized three police officers in their protest to demand the independence of the Western Togoland.

Unidentified member of the group said they asked the police officers to leave their land but the refused and started firing at them leading to them seizing them.

According to him, some of the police officers have been injured.

He also explained that until they are given their independence they will not stop the protest.

Their activities in the past led the government to issue a statement warning them.

The government, in a statement signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said it “takes note of the activities” of the foundation, adding: “Ghana remains a sovereign state which has not ceded any part of its territory to any person or group of persons.”

“While admonishing the public to disregard the claims by the group, the general public is hereby informed that state security agencies are taking the necessary measures to ensure that persons involved with the illegal act, are dealt with in accordance with the law.

“Ghana’s security agencies remain in firm charge of Ghana’s territory and encourage all persons to continue with their daily activities normally”, the statement said.

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