The Wa circuit court today 2nd December, 2019 remanded into police custody 10 members of a group calling itself “Western Togo-land liberation movement”. The 10 are to reappear on 9th December, 2019.
The group was arrested in Tumu on 30th November, 2019 for allegedly campaigning for support from the traditional authorities to breakaway from Ghana and creates a new country. The ten accused persons include: Michael Hofe, Ismael Dzirakor, Togbui Kuogo II, Umborgati Samuel, George Lihor Klevor, Umar Abdul Samed, Mohammed Karim, Hordiba Innocent, Kanu Emmanuel and Maglo Tsey Mawuli.
Presenting the case before the court presided over by H.H Justice Baah Forson, prosecutor Sgt Martin K. Degbotse said the group on 29th November met with the Wa Naa to seek his support to breakaway from Ghana and form a country called “Western Togo-land”. The Wa Naa however did not grant them audience but drove them away. The group then proceeded to Tumu where they were arrested and handed over to the Upper West regional police headquarters. Sgt Degbotse further stated that the group also visited a number of palaces including: Ya Naa’s palace, Bimbilla palace and Bawku Naaba’s palace. The prosecutor therefore prayed the court to remand the accused persons since the “48hours detention statute” would elapse today.
Presiding judge, Justice Baah Forson said he has no jurisdiction over the case but was only remanding the accused persons to enable prosecutors take them to the appropriate court. The 10 accused persons were therefore remanded to reappear on 9th December, 2019.