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Police on manhunt for people behind Volta secessionist unrest – Information Minister

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the Ghana Police Service is on a manhunt for the individuals behind the Trans-Volta Togoland secessionists

The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the security agencies, led by the Ghana Police Service, are carrying out a manhunt for the hidden faces behind the activities of the Trans-Volta Togoland secessionists who took the law into their own hands on Friday 25 September 2020.

On Friday, protesters calling for autonomy for the colonial-era protectorate blocked roads leading to parts of the Volta Region from the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions.

The minister announced the manhunt as he addressed a press conference at the Ministry of Information today (27 September). Oppong Nkrumah said the government has put adequate measures in place to deal swiftly with the development and that the security agencies are in control of developments.

“The events of Friday morning have been, as at now, contained by the security agencies. Efforts are also under way to contain outstanding threats from this group,” the minister said.

“While the security agencies maintain a presence to avert any further developments, it will also be important in the coming days to provide more education, for example, on the false bases for which the persons who are leading these exercises sought to mobilise support.

“Key actors who have been identified as being responsible for these events are also on the watchlist of the security agencies and are actually wanted at this point in time. In the coming days, the security agencies will be publishing their photographs and the identities of some of these persons they are on a manhunt for,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

Global COVID-19 developments

On Ghana’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Oppong Nkrumah said that the government has taken note of emerging trends in parts of Europe and the rest of the world, particularly from countries where Ghana has had flights coming in to its shores since the country’s airports were opened.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure strict observation of all laid-down protocols for inward-bound air traffic to Ghana as well as the two-tier testing approach for everyone travelling to Ghana.

“We will continue to observe the development in these countries and these developments will inform whether or not Ghana will consider some travel restrictions from these countries,” the minister said.

COVID-19 protocols

The minister further noted that even though, as of today, 27 September 2020, the country’s active cases stand at just 477, even with 131 new cases, there is a need for Ghanaians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention protocols put in place by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

“We continue to encourage that people observe the preventive etiquettes so that they do not add to these numbers so that we can reduce our active case count to zero,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

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