29 ‘Western Togolanders’ arrested by security forces, airlifted to Accra

Twenty-nine (29) persons have been arrested by a joint security force deployed to the Juapong township where ‘Western Togoland’ secessionists were reported to have besieged early Friday.

The 29 arrested ‘Western Togoland’ persons have been airlifted to Accra for interrogation.

The group is believed to have links to the ‘Western Togoland’ secessionist group alleged to have seized several towns in the Volta region, mounted road blocks and burnt tyres.

According to eye witness reports in Juapong on Friday , one person was killed during a clash with security operatives Friday morning.

The ‘Western Togoland’ group alleged to be separatists, championing a secession agenda blocked entry points into to Volta Region, causing more than five hours of gridlock along the Adomi -Juapong – Akosombo stretch.

The group is fighting for the independence of ‘Western Togoland’, a part of Ghana which includes the entire of Volta region.

They are reported to have burnt car tyres and forcibly removed commuters from vehicles that were locked up due to the confrontations.

However, a joint security deployment of police and military personnel from Accra and Ho moved in to deal with the situation.

One person was shot dead during the fracas between security operatives and some town folk.

Bright Aryetey, Youth president for the Juapong community, said the residents should not be made to pay for the sins of the Homeland Study Group.

He condemned the actions of the group while stressing the need for thorough probe into the matter.

Meanwhile family of the deceased, 26-year-old Emmanuel Kale says the security personnel must explain why they killed their kinsman.

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