A previous unsuccessful attempt to declare Western Togoland independent from Ghana took place in 2017.On Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Ghana Police Service said the eight leaders of the Study Group Foundation arrested for seeking secession from Ghana planned to declare its independence.
However The leader of Western Togoland independence, Charles Kormi Kudzodzi, announced the separation of Western Togoland from Ghana after a meeting in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.
In March 2020, about 80 members of the separatist group were detained for protesting the arrest of seven leaders of the Homeland Study Group Foundation,charges against them were later dropped because the government said they were no longer intreasted in the case.
On September 25, 2020, secessionists ordered Ghana Security forces out of Volta Region after attacking several police stations in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region. In a press statement declaring their secession from Ghana, Western Togolanders under the leadership of Togbe Yesu Kwabla Edudzi II have said that roadblocks will remain until “Ghana agrees to come to the negotiation table, with expected UNO facilitation.” They further ordered for the immediate release of all detained due to the Western Togoland independence struggle, and for immediate termination of all related court proceedings.
Speaking on Asempa FM today,31st September 2020 the Vice president of the republic of Ghana DR.BAWUMIA stated they are not ready to negotiate with any criminals because what they are asking for never existed and when they try to open up for any negotiation it might also spring out many other agitated.
BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT WESTERN TOGOLAND
The territory of Western Togoland was first colonized by Germany in 1884 and incorporated into the Togoland colony. After Germany’s defeat during the First World War, the colony of Togoland was divided between France and Britain as protectorates. The western part of Togoland became part of Britain’s Gold Coast colony, which became independent in 1957 to form modern-day Ghana. Togo gained independence from France in 1960.
Western Togoland is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). Four million people live in the region. In terms of language and culture, Western Togoland, especially the Volta region, has more in common with Togo. Locals in the region say they feel underrepresented by Ghanaian authorities.