Passengers Stranded As Secessionist Group Blocks Roads Into Volta Region

Members of secessionist group, Homeland Study Foundation has mounted roadblocks on some of the major roads leading to the Volta region.

Commuters are stranded in areas like Kpong, Tefle, Tsopoli and Juapong as members of the group, carrying its flag blocked roads causing massive traffic on the Akosombo-Kpong, Accra-Aflao and Ho-Mepe roads.

Multiple media reports indicate that the group has also attacked and raided the Mepe Police station and made away with weapons in the station’s armoury.

The group is alleged to have also taken three policemen into custody.

Three people have reportedly sustained gunshot injuries after the military fired gunshots to disperse a crowd in the area.

But calm has returned to the area.

Meanwhile, the police service has cautioned commuters plying Accra – Ho – Aveyime – Adidome- Mepe – Akuse – Aflao to take into consideration the security concerns in the area.

The group, Homeland Study Group Foundation has been advocating the independence of former Western Togoland made up of Volta Region, Oti Region, and parts of the North East Region, Northern Region, and Upper East Region.

The region was a German colony but at the end of World War I, it was split in two and the Eastern side ceded to France and is present-day Togo.

The Western side was a British protectorate and voted in a plebiscite in 1956 to join Ghana which was about to be granted independence by Britain.

The Homeland Study Group Foundation argues that the agreement to join Ghana included forming a union in 50 years.

They claim the said union was never formed so since 2007, the group has been championing separation from Ghana. Leaders of the group were arrested in the past but were released.

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