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Separatists detained

Publish date: 13 May 2019
Issue Number: 823
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Ghana

Police in Ghana have arrested at least 20 people accused of preparing to declare an eastern region as an independent country. The men, arrested in and around the town of Ho, 150km northeast of the capital Accra, are accused of leading a campaign for a separate nation called ‘Western Togoland’. It follows the arrest of eight other men on Sunday. A report on the News24 site notes that they include the group's leader, 85-year-old Charles Kudjordji. They face charges of conspiracy to commit treason, as well as charges connected to the alleged training of a militia force. Multiple ethnic groups live in the region which was ruled by three colonial powers (Britain, Germany and France).

Full report on the News24 site