General News of Thursday, 9 March 2017
Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper has described as unfortunate reports that the Homeland Study Group Foundation, is considering seceding from Ghana.
According to Kwesi Pratt Jnr. the decision would be useless if it is not fully supported and backed by the President of Togo.
“The secessionist group’s decision will not see any light if they do not have the support of Togo and its President. I know that the current President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe will not even entertain such decisions not even to talk of supporting them and so it is important that they abort their decision,” he said on Adom FM’s Morning Show “Dwaso Nsem” Thursday.
The group, according to sources has been operating for decades now, calling for the restoration of the Western Togoland which stretched from Northern Region through the Upper East and Volta regions to the Gulf of Guinea.
Meanwhile, the Volta Regional Police Command has picked leaders of the Homeland Study Group Foundation for interrogation.
Mr Kormi Kudzordzi, 90, popularly known as Papa Hogbedetor, Chairman of the Group, Divine Odonkor, 65, member and Martin Asiana Agbenu, 57, member, were all picked Tuesday afternoon.
Agbenu and Odonkor are in police custody but Kudzordzi was released on bail on grounds of old age.
Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Volta Region, Nana Asomah Hinneh, said the three persons were arrested “for actualizing their plans of declaring independence of the Volta Region as Western Togoland.”
He said Agbenu was picked on Ghana’s Independence Day at Tokokoe, near Ho, distributing “T” shirts with the inscription, “9th May 2017 is our day-Western Togoland.”
Mr Hinneh said the leaders would be charged for treason and that the case would be referred to the Attorney General for advice.
But Mr Pratt reacting to the issue indicated that though there are problems with the Ghana-Togo border, it does not call for what he describes as the aggressive nature portrayed by the group.
“It is a wrong move by this group; there is no way they would not be arrested because what they are doing is illegal and violation of the law. These borders are unreasonable, they don’t make sense. The Europeans did that because of their own selfish reasons.
“There are problems with the borders but they can’t use that style to divide a country. Ghana is not big country like others. In fact, we are struggling for a union government of the continent, how then can we divide it? We have 10 regions and if all the people rise up to seek for division, which one would survive?” he quizzed.
But Mr Pratt however lauded the security for tracing this issue in the early stages leading to the arrest.