There was joyful atmosphere in the evening of Wednesday March 17, 2021 when scores of residents including some chiefs and traditional office holders of Battor and Aveyime Traditional Area in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region hit the principal street to jubilate.
The jubilation followed when the three innocent persons, Mr David Gabianu, Mr Williams Tsikata and Mr Duho David. among the militants of Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) and Western Togoland Restoration Front (WTRF) who were unlawfully arrested on Saturday March 6, 2021.
It would be recalled that Togoland secessionist groups were arrested in the connection of blocking roads and burning STC buses and launched an attack on the Mepe and Aveyime Police stations in the North Tongu District.
The Volta ‘Rebels’ who were arrested are currently facing multiple charges of treason felony, conspiracy, rioting with weapons, stealing and participating in meeting of prohibited group among others the huge chunk of inmates (secessionists).
The suspects are among a group of people who allegedly stormed the Aveyime and Mepe police stations in the Volta Region, overpowered police officers and made away with weapons, ammunitions, a police patrol vehicle and other personal effects.
However, Mr David Gabianu, Mr Williams Tsikata and Mr Duho David were released from the cells of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) in Accra on Wednesday March 17, 2021 after the swift intervention of the North District Chief Executive (DCE), who doubles as the Chairman of District Security Council (DISEC), Mr Collins Arku, the Commander of Aveyime Divisional Police Command and North Tongu District Bureau of the National Investigations Officer.
The three state regulatory personalities who are in charge of human security in the area were reported to have vehenmently resisted the arrested of Mr David Gabianu, Mr Williams Tsikata and Mr Duho David as the Togoland secessionist groups.
The DCE was said to have stated that the real recruited into the so-called Military wing of the Western Togoland Secessionist groups who committed the crime at Mepe, Battor, Aveyime and Juapong were on the run.
He maintained that the police officers and soldiers who came to do arrest from Aflao acted on the blatant lies by the accusers of Mr David Gabianu, Mr Williams Tsikata and Mr Duho David since the real Togoland secessionist groups who are committed the crime.
This has informed the decision Bureau of the National Investigations to release the three from the cell, amidst jubilation in the area.
The DCE in an interview with Soireenews com cautioned against continuous habit of some individuals who ought to be reporting some innocent persons to the police as members of the suspected Togoland secessionists.
According to the DCE, their intelligence gathering corraborated with information from some key stakeholders within the district indicates that some individuals had found of reporting some innocent personsalities to the police to be arrested as the Volta rebel groups because of their personal misunderstanding with those persons.
He emphasized that those people individuals must be warned “because this is the national security issue so we must be careful of giving information about someone who is not part of the Togoland secessionist groups who had committed the crimes.”
“This habit is completely not good for our peaceful coexistence in the area, because the real suspects of Volta Rebels who commited the heinous crimes that very day, we had the intelligence that those who were not arrested are now on the ran.
“…so why should someone else would report individuals who are always seen every day in their place of abodes after the incident of the Volta militants to the police again to be arrested even without our knowledge,” the DCE stated.
Mr Arku expressed worry about the situation and warned that those given this misinformation about the people as the Volta rebel groups should stop that behaviors.
The DCE fumed that their actions and inactions were rather creating insecurity, fear and panic within the district.
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