The Homeland Study Group Foundation, (HSGF), a separatist movement campaigning for the secession of the Volta region into an independent Western Togoland State has declared their independence out of Ghana, Voltaonlinegh.com can report.
The octogenarian founder and leader, Mr. Charles Komi Kudzordzi alias Papavi Hogbedetor made the declaration at a public gathering in Ho on Saturday November 16, 2019.
The event which was monitored by Voltaonlinegh.com via a Facebook live stream by one John Frank , took place at the former premises of Unity Rural Bank, few metres away from the Ho Police Training school.
Papavi Hogbedetor, the 85 year old separatist leader, speaking in the native Ewe language recounted their struggle to restore the pre-independence Western Togoland territory, a German protectorate which was joined to the then Gold Coast to form the new independent country ,Ghana on March 6, 1957 under cirumstances the group believed were illegal.
Setting the grounds for the declaration Saturday afternoon, he said ” We’ve all witnessed what happen recently when we (Volta region) were forgotten by the government in its budget. Can a parent forget about their children? We’re not their children, so they have forgotten about us.”
He then went ahead to declared that ” from midnight today November 16 2019 entering tomorrow, We’re now Western Togoland state.”
The announcement sent his supporters into spontaneous wild jubilation, as some waved the supposed flag of the Western Togoland.
Moments after the declaration however, the old man was whisked away from the scene by his loyalists in a waiting car.
The Homeland Study Group Foundation has since 2017 intensified its campaign to secede the Volta region and parts of the then Northern and Upper East regions along the eastern border of Ghana into an independent state.
Leaders of the group including the founder were arrested and charged with treason felony on at least two occasions, with the recent being in May 2019.
After being in custody for a little over a month, the Attorney General dropped the charges against Mr. Kudzodzi and eight others leading to their release in July.