By COL ERIC AGGREY-QUASHIE – Director Public Relations, Ghana Armed Forces and SHEILLA KESSIE ABAYIE-BUCKMAN (MRS), Superintendent of Police, Director, Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ghana Police Service (GPS) hereby jointly make reference to the activities of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), which occurred at dawn of Friday 25 September 2020, in the general area of Juapong, Sogakope, Aveyime, Mepe and Akuse and to assure the general public that the situation has since been brought under control.
It is confirmed that at about 2:00 am on the stated date, elements of the HSGF attacked the Aveyime and Mepe police stations, and further mounted road blocks on the Juapong–Accra and Sogakope–Accra main roads, thereby disrupting the daily routine of the citizenry.
In response to these unlawful acts, a joint Military-Police Team, in conjunction with other security agencies deployed to the affected areas and succeeded in apprehending 31 members of the Group.
These arrested persons have since been brought to Accra for interrogation. Fire exchanges between the Group and the Security Agencies led to the death of one (1) member of the HSGF and injury to three (3) others.
The Police Commander at Aveyime was also wounded and has been evacuated to the Police Hospital. The wounded HSGF members have also been evacuated to the Ho Teaching Hospital, while all the roadblocks have also been cleared as the security agencies have taken control of the highways and strategic installations within the Region.
It is hereby stated that an earlier pre-emptive operation on Thursday 24 September 2020, foiled a plan by the Group to burn the Ho Central Market and other key installations.
We wish to re-assure the general public that the Security and Intelligence Agencies, are in firm control of the situation and remain undaunted, in their resolve at preserving and protecting the sanctity of the entire territory of our dear country.
In the meantime, the general public is entreated to remain calm and to volunteer any relevant information on the activities of the Group, for necessary action to be taken.