The 66 Artillery Regiment, Ho, the Defence Intelligence (DI), the Counter Terrorism Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, have conducted two separate Counter Insurgency Operations, within the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region, to counter activities of the Western Togoland Secessionist group – Homeland Study Group Foundation.
The first operation which was conducted from 0300 hours to 0535 hours on Saturday 21, December 2019 at Wli Todzi, led to the arrest of two (2) persons namely; Stephen Anyidoho – a construction labourer aged 30 and a native of Dzodze and Brain Todoko, – an artist aged 40 and a native of Wli Todzi.
The two are suspected to be close associates of one Mr Hope Mortey – also known as “Spider”- who is believed to be a key member of the HSGF and suspected to be in charge of a Training Camp at Wli Todzi for Militants of the group.
The second operation took place on Sunday, 22nd December, 2019 between the hours of 0200 hrs and 0430 hours around Gbledi Kyebi, Fodome Helu and Kwadzato all in the Hohoe Municipality. This operation also led to the arrest of 15 suspects.
Items seized during the operation included Western Togoland Branded Shirts, Berets, Flashlights, Boots, Police Belts, Flags of Western Togoland, a Cheque Book and a list containing items needed for training.
All those arrested and the items seized are currently in the custody of the Ghana Police Service for further investigations.
On 16th November 2019, the group declared their independence to cover the Volta, Oti, parts of the Northern, North East and Upper East Regions.