Soldier Charged For Aiding Volta Secessionists
A military officer based in the Volta
regional capital, Ho, has been arrested and put before an Accra High Court for
aiding members of the Homeland Study Group, which is calling for the secession
of the Volta Region from Ghana.
Sergeant Kpogli Samuel Kwabla is
alleged to have leaked information to members of the group, who were holding a
meeting to allegedly plan to declare independence on May 5, 2019 and hide their
weapons due to an imminent search by a joint police and military team.
Eight members of the group were
initially arrested by a combined military and police team on Sunday evening in
Ho where they were said to be holding a secret meeting.
They were flown to Accra and later
put before an Accra High Court on the charge of treason.
Other charges included abetment of
unlawful assembly and offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace.
Seven of them were remanded in
custody while founder and leader of the group, an 85-year-old retired
educationist, Charles Kormi Kudjordji, was granted bail in the sum of GH¢250,000 with two sureties, one to be
Sergeant Kwabla was on Wednesday
hauled before the court presided over by three judges on the charge of
He pleaded not guilty and was
remanded alongside seven others while Mr. Kudjordji was ordered to remain on
his old bail terms pending the trial.
Apart from Mr. Kudjordji and the
soldier, the other accused persons are Bisa Akorli, 54; Kofi Dzreke, 39;
Thompson Tsigbe, 58; Benjamin Agbadzada, 48; Agbenyega Akudzi, 54; Freemen
Blikaku, 36; and Nkpe Tsryiri Kudzo, 61.
Over the years, the group has championed the secession of the Volta Region from Ghana to form
what it calls Western Togoland.
The group claimed the continuous stay of the Volta Region under Ghana is illegal.
Gibril Abdul Razak