Western Togoland Leader Papavi Dead

The leader of separatist group Homeland Study Group Foundation, Charles Komi Kudzordzi popularly known as Papavi is reported dead.

According to reports, Papavi died on Saturday, October 16 at the Keta Government Hospital.

The 88-year-old had been leading an insurgency, demanding the secession of the erstwhile Western Togoland, which covers modern day Oti and Volta regions as well as some parts of the North-East Region, from Ghana.

Papavi, who was arrested in July after several months of hiding, was standing trial for treason.

Papavi and eight others were first arrested in May 2019 after they claimed time was due, per an agreement with the government of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, to declare their independence from Ghana. He was charged with treason but was later released by the state on grounds of old age.

But an insurgency on Friday, September 25, 2020, which saw roadblocks to the Volta Region and attacks on government installations, led to their re-arrests.

May his soul rest in peace.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Papavi’s family in these hard times.

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