The Greater Accra regional Spokesperson for the Homeland Study Group; a group calling for the independence of the Western Togoland (Volta Region) from Ghana, Mr. Daniel Yevugah, has cautioned the youth of the Volta region not to involve in any violent acts that would affect the final decision of the Courts on the matter. He has urged calmness ahead of the official ruling of the Court which is expected soon.
Some members of the group are facing treasonable charges for daring to call for the independence of Western Togoland.
At Court on Tuesday the judge adjourned the case to a new date with the excuse that the Attorney General’s department has pleaded for more time to study the docket on the matter. This was amidst heavy security and heavy presence of members of the group at the court premises.
From the court premise, the members went on a procession through some principal streets of Ho-the capital town of Volta Region to create awareness to the citizenry.
“the next time we are going to the court again to continue the case of the independence of our beloved Western Togoland. We want all citizens of Western Togoland, members of HSGF, friends, supporters and sympathizers of our independence struggle to meet us at the Ho High Court at 8:00am to express their support to our course. It will be a great help and if there is any appropriate time to fight for our freedom, now is that time. We are Counting on you all,” Mr. Yevuga stated while addressing the crowd.
Three leading members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF); Charles Kormi Kudzordzi and Martin Agbenu and Divine Odonko are currently facing charges on counts of conspiracy, treason and treason felony. The case is being heard by the Ho Magistrate Court.
In his submission in Court the last time the case was called, prosecutor Moses Asampoa said the police were still not through with investigating the matter and that matters of felony need thorough investigation to enable for an informed decision.
Nevertheless, he drew the attention of the Court to some members of the Group at the Court premises who were wearing T-Shirts with the inscription “Western Togoland”. This according to him is an act of violation to an earlier court order.
He said even though the accused persons have been on bail they have been cautioned not to do anything to promote the offence for which they were arrested and for which they were facing trial.
Reacting to the submission, Counsel Atsu Agbakpe, who represented the accused persons debunked the claim that merely wearing T-Shirt can aggravate an offence.
“we are in a democratic state and not personal sentiments. Therefore if the state is not comfortable with T-Shirts and nothing more, then it is not a democratic state because treason is not committed by T-Shirts”.
He also said that it was unconstitutional to bring an accused person to court and tell the court that you are going to look for further evidence, claiming it was against a fair trial and against the right of the accused persons.