The 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has in the early hours of Monday, 17 February 2020 arrested 21 alleged trainees of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) in a training camp at Fevu near Kpevedui in the Ketu North Constituency of the Volta Region.
The 21, comprising 20 males and a female who were being trained in a valley in the forest claimed to have been called for training drills under the pretext of incorporating them into the GAF after paying GH?800.00 each.
According to the Commanding Officer (CO), 66 Artillery Regiment, Lt Col Bernard Baba Pantoah, he picked up intelligence that some dissidents alleged to belong to the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) were training in a camp in the forest near Fevu. Adding that, he deployed two Officers and 44 soldiers accompanied by two crime scene investigators from the Dzodze Divisional Police who surrounded the camp at about 0300hrs and arrested them.
Lt Col Pantoah said the trainers got prior information on the movement of the soldiers and absconded before they arrived in the camp and that about 4 other trainees were on the run. He was emphatic the arrested persons were part of the so-called ‘‘Western Togoland Army.’’
In May 2019, 85-year-old Charles Komi Kudzordzi was arrested together with 80 other members of the group when they were 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 2019 discontinued the case.
Subsequently in November 2019, Mr Kudzordzi led the HSGF in an attempt to declare parts of the Volta, Northern, North Eastern and Upper East Regions (Western Togoland) independent of Ghana.
The 21 arrested trainees have been handed over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for further interrogation.