Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, a legal practitioner, has called for the resignation of the Volta Regional Minister, Archibald Letsa, following separatist violence under his jurisdiction.
“At the minimum, the Volta Regional Minister should have gone because he failed,” Mr. Addo said on The Big Issue.
“It is on his watch that this activity happened. It is a major security failure,” he insisted further.
Mr. Addo added that the security apparatus in the Volta Region needed to be held accountable.
“Anyone connected with the security architecture in the Volta Region has questions to answer because, at the minimum, intelligence should have picked up the fact that something like this was going to happen.”
The lawyer stressed that the government needed to treat the separatist threat with more gravity.
“On hindsight, we are realising that these people are not playing… if we are handling them with kids gloves, we need to tighten them.”
The Volta Regional Minister has had to fend off claims he is the patron of one of the separatist groups, the Homeland Study Group Foundation.
Dr. Letsa has threatened to sue persons suggesting that he funded activities of the separatist movement.
The Homeland Study Group has appeared to be the instigators of the most recent separatist violence in the region.
Ghanaians woke up last week Friday to reports that the Western Togoland secessionist group had blocked some major roads leading into the Volta Region.
They mounted roadblocks on the Juapong–Accra and Sogakope–Accra main roads.
A raid by Western Togoland secessionists on the Aveyime and Mepe police stations led to release of cell inmates and the theft of 10 assault rifles.
Police officers were also injured in the ensuing confrontations.
Security personnel also said they foiled a plan by the Group to burn down the Ho Central Market and other key installations.
But the following Monday, the group attacked the Ho State Transport Corporation yard and set fire to some buses.
The Homeland Study Group wants a part of the Volta Region to be an autonomous country known as Western Togoland.
The group has made a number of attempts to push for the secession of the Volta Region from Ghana for the creation of a Western Togoland.
The group even declared independence for the Western Togoland on May 9, 2019.
The Western Togoland is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).