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General News of Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Surrender or you’ll be smoked out – Government to ‘President’ of Western Togoland

Charles Komi Kudzordzi, Leader of Homeland Study Group Foundation Charles Komi Kudzordzi, Leader of Homeland Study Group Foundation

Government has urged Charles Komi Kudzordzi, the Leader of the secessionist group, Homeland Study Group Foundation, which declared ‘Western Togoland’ independent of Ghana at Ho in the Volta Region, to surrender himself to the law enforcement agency.

According to government, either the 80 year old does that or be smoked out of his hiding place to face the law.

The security agencies are on a manhunt for Charles Komi Kudzordzi, who went into hiding soon after he declared independence a fornight ago.

But he has asked the government to stop pursuing him and invite him through his lawyers, adding that he’s ever-willing to face the law once the government “shows maturity” in the way it handles the issue surrounding their declaration of independence.

In an address to ‘Citizens’ of ‘Western Togoland’, ‘President’ Charles Komi Kudzordzi, dismissed reports claiming he’s sought refuge in Togo saying he’s in Ghana but has not availed himself because he’s unsure what will befall him if the security agencies arrest him.

However, the Deputy Minister of Information Pius Enam Hadzide insists the Octagenarian should avail himself as the government has no intention of pampering him.

“I’ll advise that anyone hiding who was involved in the declaration of independence should present himself to the security agencies for his own good. As a government we are not going to counternace any unlawful act. The security agencies have their own way of smoking out persons they are searching for, nobody directs them as to how they should go about their work. My advise to the oldman is that if he is indeed in Ghana as he claims he should surrender to the police, he should dictate how he is handled.”

80-year-old Charles Komi Kudzordzi, led the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), to declare parts of the Volta, Northern, North Eastern and Upper East Regions [Western Togoland] independent of Ghana.

He was earlier in May this year arrested together with 80 other members of the group when they were allegedly planning to declare independence for Western Togoland.

Nine of them were later charged with conspiracy to commit treason felony, abetment of unlawful training, unlawful assembly and offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace and put before court.

The Attorney General, however, in July discontinued the case based on which the High Court trying them discharged the accused persons.

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