Prof Emmanuel Kwesi Aning, the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, KAIPTC has described the Western Togoland secessionist’s attack as the first most successful in West Africa and the Sahel-Sahara.
According to him, it is the first most successful attack against a sovereign state.
Speaking on Joy FM’s ‘NewsFile’ he said the successful nature of the attack must be the context in which the discussion about their activities yesterday should be situated.
Sharing his expert views on why he believes the protest and attack were the first most successful he said “It is the most successful first secessionist attack because we need to look at the geographical expanse of the attack from Juapong to Sogakofe and all the towns. Now, these are not small towns so where were the police, National Security the BNI? so that is one, the share geographical expanse. The second is the coordinated nature of those attacks they all took place within a certain time frame and the failure of the state is that if you see that … were brought in to block the roads people sung patriotic songs, they set fire and dance all without a response from the state.”
“The final symbolism relates to the police station, two police stations representing the state overrun and totally defeated…” he added.
The Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service have brought under control the activities of the Western Togoland secessionist group.
A joint statement from the military and the police said: “…jointly make reference to the activities of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) which occurred at dawn of Friday 25 September 2020, in the general area of Juapong, Sogakope, Aveyime, Mepe and Akuse and to assure the general public that the situation has since been brought under control.”
Some members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), a successionist group have today September 25, 2020, blocked roads and entry points in the Volta Region.
The group are demanding the independence of Western Togoland.
The statement said 31 of the group members have been arrested. They are further calling on the general public to remain calm and volunteer any information regarding their activities.