The Executive Director of Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS), Mr. David Agbee has described President Akufo-Addo’s long silence on the rebellion by Western Togoland as legendary disappointing
“I am totally disappointed about the fact that since this issue happened beginning from 2017, the president of the Republic of Ghana has found it not prudent enough to address the nation as far as this subject is concerned”. Mr. David Agbee said this in an interview with GBC’s radio show “Behind the News” on Monday monitored by MyNewsGH.com.
“The silence of the president is so legendary that I cannot understand it”, he added.
It would be recalled that members of the Homeland Study Group, on the early hours of Friday, September 25, 2020 blocked main entry points linking the Volta Region to Accra and the Republic of Togo in an overnight operation, advocating the independence of the people of Western Togoland.
The unauthorized barriers and blockades erected by the Group at Sogakope, Tefle, Tsopoli, and Juapong were later cleared by a combined team of police and military.
The members of the group numbering about 50 amidst chanting of war songs were also reported to have attacked the Aveyime and Mepe Police Stations in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The group also issued a warning to the Ghana Police Service and the military to stay indoors till further notice or surrender peacefully to the Western Togoland Security forces.
On Tuesday dawn, members of the group launched fresh attacks at the STC yard in Ho as they burnt a number of buses and beat up some drivers who were on the yard at the time of their operation.
Meanwhile, the group earlier in 2017 declared the Western Togoland and independent nation and went ahead released their flag.
However, David Agbee who spoke on the matter insisted that, it is wrong for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remain silent on a high security issue like that.
“I thought that immediately the incident happened on Saturday, the president of the republic of Ghana should have addressed the nation to ensure and assure that he as the President of the Republic would not allow anybody to occupy our territory”. Mr. Agbee chided.
So far, 31 members of the secessionists who were arrested on Friday have been charged with charges related to conspiracy to commit crime namely to attend a meeting of the prohibited organization, to participate in campaign of prohibited organization and rioting with weapons.
Meanwhile, all the 31 members of the “rebel” group have been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court after they appeared in court Monday September 28.
Source: MyNewsGH.com / Syxtus Eshun / 2020