80 More Western Togoland Secessionists Arrested

80 more Western Togoland secessionists have been arrested in a joint police-military operation in the Volta region. This happened hours before their planned declaration of Independence today.

Some of the members of the Ho based Homeland Study Group who are currently in Police custody were arrested at the residence of the group’s leader, Kormi Kutordji- as they readied to address a news conference yesterday.

Meanwhile their Leader, 85-year-old Charles Kormi Kudjordjie, an octogenarian who has been granted a bail bond of GHS250, 000 after his first appearance in Court.

The accused will also report himself to the Police on Mondays and Thursdays. The three-member panel court presided over by Justice Jerome Noble Nkrumah with Justice Ekow Baiden and Mrs Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe as members, also remanded the remaining seven accused persons also picked up last Sunday, into Police custody to reappear on May 22.

They are Mr Bisa Akorli, 54, Mr Kofi Dzreke, 39, Mr Thompson Tsigbe, 58, Mr Benjamin Agbadzada, 48, Mr Agbenyega Akudzi, 54, Mr Freemen Blikaku, 36, and Mr Nkpe Tsryiri Kudzo aged 61.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit treason felony, abetment of unlawful training, unlawful assembly and offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace.

Mr Kudjordji prayed the court for bail, indicating that when the trial commenced the court would know the details.

He said, he had no opportunity to consult his lawyers, since he, together with the others were brought straight from Ho to Accra and locked up until Monday morning.

The rest of the accused persons also associated themselves with the submissions of the first accused person.

Mrs Winifred Sarpong, a Senior State Attorney opposed the bail application, saying it was not the first time the so-called group had committed such offences.


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