The group carried out a sophisticated attack – North Tongu MP gives detailed account of how secessionists ambushed police

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The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described the method used by the secessionist group to launch attacks in parts of the Volta Region as sophisticated.

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This according to him is because their handling of weapons and ability to engage the Ghana Police Service in a gun battle is mind-blowing.

Giving more details on the attacks by the group alleged to be members of the Western Togoland Restoration Front, Mr. Ablakwa said his constituency has borne the brunt of the various attacks carried out.

“What happened, you will think is a chapter from a Hollywood movie. To have two police stations invaded in what appears to be a very well-coordinated attack is mind-blowing,” he told host of JoyNews’ NewsFile, Samson Lardy Anyenini.

According to him, the attack took place around 4:40 am on September 25 by men pretending to seek assistance from the police.

“They just distracted the police personnel on duty and swamped in in their numbers and took them hostage. They went in holding one of their own handcuffed and as the policeman tried to take their statement, the others swapped in and took over.

“They were many, they tell us that, there were over 70 who attacked the police station and they knew exactly what to do and where to go.

“They went straight for the armouries, managed to open them and they showed some level of sophistication that is mindblowing.

“They took out all the weapons they could find. So at the Aveyime Police station, we have been told by the Police Commander that 19 weapons were taken, so 15 AK47 and 4 pump action guns.

“They did a similar operation at the Mepe Police Station where they had two weapons in the armoury.

“They then managed to free the inmates in the cells and replaced them with the police after stripping them naked,” he said.

Continuing his narrative, the MP who has been in the Volta Region since the attacks added that the group also stormed the local district assembly to ransack the offices.

“At the district assembly, they took out all the computers and documents and managed to find the key to the pickup that the DCE uses.

“Remember that they had also managed to take the police pickup and that pickup was leading a reinforcement team from the divisional command.

“What the Divisional Police Command told me last night was that, he is still wondering how they overpowered them by the superior firepower they exhibited because they engaged them in a gun battle but clearly they had more sophisticated weapons and their level of precision was totally mindblowing.

“So they disarmed the reinforcement team, took their weapons including the Police Commander’s pistol.

“Now, while all of this was going on, it’s important to stress that they were in no hurry to leave the place after overpowering the police,” he added.

Touching on the roadblocks and the erection of the group’s flags at various places within the Constituency, the MP said the group replaced the police and Ghana flags with theirs, before moving to erect more flags across the region.




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