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Western Togoland: Police arrest suspects in Volta Region disturbances

Thirty-one suspects, believed to be members of the breakaway Western Togoland group, who were arrested last Friday, have been presented in court

The police have made some headway in bringing to book orchestrators of last Friday’s disturbances by breakaway members of the Western Togoland group in the Volta Region.

The progress comes barely a week after 31 suspects were rounded up by a combined team of police and military officers in connection with the incident.

An update from the Ghana Police Service on its Facebook page said: “Some persons believed to be key in the attack on the North Tong District Assembly, police stations and officers have also been arrested and are undergoing interrogation.”

The 31 individuals earlier arrested have been charged provisionally and presented in court for allocation.

“Security agencies wish to reiterate that adequate security is on the ground in the affected areas in the Volta, Oti and Eastern Regions and all other parts of the country. Life has returned to normal as residents are going about their daily activities without fear of insecurity.”

Charged and put before court

The police have also managed to retrieve the vehicles, weapons and other items seized by the rebels on Friday 25 September.

“The thirty-one (31) persons earlier arrested have provisionally been charged and presented in court for allocation,” the police said in a post on Facebook.

Ghana Police Facebook

“The general public is being assured to remain calm as security agencies will continue to count on their assistance to arrest all perpetrators to face the law.”

The breakaway group on Friday (25 September) launched attacks on the Aveyime and Mepe police stations in Sogakope in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region, as well as in Asutuare and Atimpoku in the neighbouring Eastern Region.

The secessionists had ordered all members of the security services to leave the “homeland” within 24 hours and not attempt to take any arms or ammunition away with them. Reports suggest that they are also holding a number of police officers hostage.

The armed group also mounted roadblocks amid firing of gunshots, prompting joint police and military action.

Fred Dzakpata

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