By Bernice Bessey
An alleged members of the secessionist group Homeland Study Group Foundation, who are seeking to declare part of Ghana as an independent state with the new name Western Togoland, have been charged with treason, a first degree felony.
The group members were further slapped with the charges of abetting to commit crime, unlawful gathering, unlawful assembly, and offensive conduct.
An Accra High Court, presided over by a three member-panel of justices and chaired by Justice Jerome Noble Nkrumah, however, remanded into police custody seven of the secessionists.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects, Charles Kormi Kudjordji, believed to the leader, was granted bail of GH¢250,000 with two sureties, and is expected to report himself to the police twice every week.
The other accused persons are Bisa Akorli, an unemployed Civil Engineer, Kofi Dzreke, a mason, and Thompson Tsigbe, a famer, Benjamin Agbadzada, Revenue Collector, Agbenyega Akudzi, lotto writer, Freeman Blikaku, petty trader, and Nkpe Tsryiri Kudzo, mason.
They earlier urged the court to grant them bail, claiming that they had been denied legal representation since their arrest on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Nevertheless, a Senior State Attorney, Winifred Sarpong, pleaded with the court not to grant their request, since the crime they had allegedly committed was a first degree felony and very serious offence.
According to her, this was not the first time the group had committed a similar offence, adding that in 2017, they were arrested for the same offence and were warned, as well as each made to sign a bond to be of good behaviour.
She further argued that the suspects should not be granted bail on account that they intended to declare the independence of the Volta Region to be called Western Togoland, which includes the current Oti Region, Volta and parts of the Upper East region today, May 9.
The justices upheld the plea of the prosecution and adjourned the case to May 22.