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Delay reopening of Volta Region schools over secessionist threat – Africa Education Watch

Africa Education Watch has urged the government to postpone the October 5, 2020 reopening date for schools for second year Junior High and Senior High Schools in the Volta Region due to the threat posed by secessionists in that region.

In a statement, it said the lives of “students, teachers and non-teaching staff in some 1,400 public and private JHS and SHS in the Volta Region” are at stake hence the call.

“Schools have always been targeted by such rebel groups across Africa, especially in Nigeria and Cameroon where armed separatist groups have murdered many students and teachers in recent times,” it noted.

The schools have been closed since March 2020 in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The activities of the secessionists have escalated over the last few days following last Friday’s roadblocks and attacks on police.

Members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation mounted roadblocks on the Juapong–Accra and Sogakope–Accra main roads.

Some attackers also besieged the Aveyime and Mepe police stations freeing inmates and making away with assault rifles and shotguns.

Others attacked the North Tongu District Assembly and made away with a Toyota Hilux pick up vehicle belonging to the Assembly after they took the official Toyota Land cruiser pickup belonging to the Tongu Divisional Commander of Police, Dennis Fiakpui.

At least one person was killed following the ensuing confrontations between security personnel and the purported secessionists.

About 35 persons were arrested following the disturbances on Friday.

On Monday, 31 of them were put before a circuit court in Accra and charged on three counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of rioting, substantive offence of rioting and being at an unlawful place.

In the most recent incident, purported secessionists attacked the State Transport Corporation (STC) in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, and set ablaze one of its buses.

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