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7 Western Togoland Secessionists Remanded Into Custody

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7 Western Togoland Secessionists, charged with treason and others and Remanded Into Custody

An Accra High Court has remanded into police custody seven persons arrested in the Volta Region for their alleged attempt to declare independence.

One other accused person, Charles Kudjordji, 85, was granted bail to the tune of ¢250,000 with two sureties.

They were on Wednesday slapped with the charges of treason felony, abetment of unlawful training, unlawful assembly and offensive conduct. 

At least 30 of the secessionist were arrested in a joint police-military operation in the Volta region.

The suspects believed to be members of the Homeland Study Group in Ho had converged Wednesday morning at the residence of the Group’s leader, Kormi Kutordji, who was arrested on Sunday and flown to Accra.

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The assembled members of the cell were preparing to hold a press conference before the security team swooped in.

Senior State Attorney Winifred Sarpong told the three-member panel of High Court Justices that the seriousness of the crimes allegedly committed by the individuals made a grant of remand necessary.

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The accused persons namely Charles Kormi Kudjordji, Bisa Akorli, 54; Kofi Dzreke, 39; Thompson Tsigbe, 58; Benjamin Agbadzada, 48; Agbenyega Akudzi, 54; Freemen Blikaku, 36, and Nkpe Tsryiri Kudzo, 61, urged the court to grant them bail saying they had been denied legal representation since their arrest. 

Ms. Sarpong informed the court the case is being handled by the CID and Interpol with investigations ongoing.

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She argued the accused persons intend to declare independence for the current Oti and Volta regions on May 9 making a grant of bail dangerous.

She is explained the accused persons had earlier been arrested for the same conduct in 2017 and bonded to be of good behavior yet repeated the same conduct.

Presiding Justice Jerome Nkrumah granted the first accused person bail with the others remanded. Other panel members are Justices Charles Ekow Baiden and Afia Asare Botwe.

The case has been adjourned to May 22.

Source: Joy News/Joseph Ackah-Blay

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