A 93-year-old Togbui Kuogo II has opened a new front in the quest for a Western Togoland rivaling octogenarian Charles Kormi Kudzordzi, aka Papavi, in the secessionist bid.
Unlike his rival Papavi who is yet to be arrested as he remains in hiding, the nonagenarian has been arrested in Tumu in the Upper West Region where he was engaged with soliciting support from traditional rulers in the northern parts of the country parts of which are included in the imaginary Western Togoland.
Togbui Kuogo was arrested in action as he was leading a team to canvass support for their treasonous project.
At a Wa Circuit Court on Monday, Togbui and nine others were remanded in prison custody to reappear on December 9 after they were accused of treason felony.
In remanding them, Baah Forson Adjapong, the presiding judge, made it clear that he did not have jurisdiction to sit on the case and was formally remanding them pending their transfer to an appropriate court for prosecution.
The accused persons, according to a police detective, called on the Wa Naa, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, to seek his support in their secessionist project but were driven away from the palace.
They had come under the radar of the Upper West Regional Police Command which directed the district commanders to be on the lookout for the secessionists.
When they turned up at the Tumu Kuoro’s palace last Saturday on the same mission, the police arrested all of them based upon a tip-off.
Those arrested and sent to court alongside Togbu Kuogo II included Ismail Dzirakor, 82; Hordiba Innocent, 68; Michael Hofe, 49; and Umborgarti Samuel, 54.
The rest are George Lihor Klevor, 49; Mohammed Karim, 45; Emmanuel Kanu, 58; and Maglo Tsey Mawuli, 34.
According to police detective Sergeant Martin K. Debortse, the accused persons were travelling around in a Hyundai Grace bus with registration GE 8212 – 11.
The detective told the court that the police confiscated 10 mobile phones, documents and maps showing their imaginary Western Togoland.
According to the national security apparatus, they have stumbled upon vital evidence that the suspects had already called on other traditional leaders in the Northern Region over the Western Togoland agenda.
They are said to have met the King of Dagbon Ya Na Abukari Mahama, the Bimbila and Bawku chiefs.
Togbui Kuogu II, previously unknown, adds to an earlier group whose leader had told a radio station that although he did not belong to Papavi’s Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) he shared their dream.
Daniel Yevugah leader of the group which announced its presence shortly after Papavi’s declaration of independence of Western Togoland recently explained that he is the First Vice-President of the Concerned Citizens of Western Togoland.
He claimed that their grouping was a legally registered body to educate their people, who could be indigenes of the Volta Region and elsewhere about what he said “the untold story of Western Togoland.”
Daniel Yevugah did not find anything illegal about their secessionist project as he called for an international adjudication in their matter in the event that they are arrested.
He accused Ghanaian authorities of persistently ‘concealing’ their identities using the recently created regions as a case in point.
Whereas regions like Ahafo and Bono East were carved out of Brong-Ahafo and the like, in the case of the Volta Region the authorities gave the name ‘Oti Region’ instead of his preferred Volta North and Volta South.
This for him was unfair and represented a concealment of the identity of the people of the region as he hosted hard questions from his host.
Daniel Yevugah did not hesitate with his answers, a suggestion about a well rehearsed programme by the leadership of those holding on to the ideals of the secessionist agenda.
He, for instance, stated that “there is no legal document to show that we are supposed to be part of Ghana.”
Daniel Yevugah said he holds a Ghanaian passport because he is only a Ghanaian by birth, saying “my forefathers voted to be in a union with the Gold Coast to form Ghana. I can only be a Ghanaian by birth. Western Togoland and Ghana are two separate countries.”
The contradictions in this segment of his responses only exposed the confusion that surrounds somewhat the thinking of the secessionists.
Papavi on Saturday November 10, at a spot not far away from the Police Training School in Ho, declared a breakaway from the Volta Region, North West and some parts of the Upper East Region calling it ‘Western Togoland.’
He was whisked away in a waiting car and has since not been seen.
The police later claimed Papavi and his boys tricked them into thinking that they were organizing a funeral.
The five arrested and remanded at the Ho District Court after Papavi’s declaration included Peter Godfriend Edem, Mkpe Tornyi Kudjo, Kofi Agbeko, Agbenyega Akudzia and Ibrahim Tofa.