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25 Western Togoland Secessionists Arrested

DGN Online has gathered that at least 25 members of the secessionist group, Homeland Study Group Foundation, have been arrested by a combined team of security operatives.

Soldiers from the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service in a joint operation at Abutia near Juapong in the Eastern Region swooped on the rebels where they had earlier mounted their road block.

Two people have also reportedly been shot by military men deployed to Juapong to restore calm to the area after persons believed to be members of the Homeland Study Group mounted roadblocks in the area at dawn on September 25.

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According to reports, there was an exchange of gunfire between the armed forces and some of the secessionists after which some two bystanders were hit by bullets and subsequently taken to an unknown destination by the officers.

The group at 2am as gathered by DGN Online mounted barriers with concrete blocks at Akrade, Akuse Junction and Juapong, on the Accra -Ho road preventing vehicular movements.

They allegedly mounted huge signposts with the inscription ‘Welcome to Western Togoland’ at different entry points.

Thereafter, they burnt car tyres and fire gunshots.

However, on Friday morning, a joint military task force and Police quickly moved to the locations where the barriers were created and with the help of commuters removed the blocks from the roads.

Police Arrest

The group as gathered went ahead and broke into a police station in the Volta Region, stealing ammunitions.

They reportedly, arrested three Police Officers and assaulted them, as two are currently in a critical condition.

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The group last month mounted a giant signpost at Akuse and Somanya in the Lower Manya Krobo and Yilo Krobo Municipalities in the Eastern Region with the inscription: “Welcome to Western Togoland, Stay Safe.”

For travellers heading towards Somanya from Accra, one of the posts had the inscription, “Welcome to Western Togoland” while the one at the other stretch of the road reads: “You are leaving Western Togo Land”.

The Police later stormed the scenes to remove the signposts.

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