Six Advocates for Secession in Ghana’s Volta Region Jailed

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Ghana, West Africa | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Six individuals from the Volta region in eastern Ghana, who were advocating for secession, have been sentenced to jail.

The Accra High Court, in a ruling on Wednesday, determined that these six individuals were associated with banned groups that organized unlawful gatherings.

The court found that these six individuals, who will receive varying prison terms, had connections with the prohibited Homeland Study Group Foundation and the Western Togoland Restoration Front (WTRF).

Gabriel Govina, one of the accused and a retired teacher, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined $3,600.

Cephas Zodanu, the secretary of WTRF, also received a three-year prison term and a fine of $2,400.

The remaining four individuals will serve prison sentences ranging from two months to three years.

Judge Mary Nyanzuh noted that the prosecution successfully demonstrated that the suspects had barricaded roads on September 25 and set up bonfires, causing inconvenience to other road users.

The court also heard that individuals linked to the suspects had attacked the Ayeyime and Mepe police stations, releasing detainees and stealing police officers’ firearms.

The convicted individuals had initially denied the accusations.

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Mimi Nina Lakhani
Mimi Nina Lakhani
I'm Nina, a Kenyan-born Tanzanian. I write about politics, business, investment, oil and gas, and climate. Reporting from Nairobi, Kenya. Daily News Tanzania (Tanzania) | Tuko (Kenya) | Eye Radio (South Sudan) | The Black Examiner (Uganda)