Prof. Kwesi Aning is the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, has described the attack by the Western Togoland Group group in the Volta as the first most successful succession against a state in West Africa and Sahel Africa.
According to him, the towns that were affected are not small towns and also the attacks were the most successful due to the coordinated nature of the attacks which took place in at a certain time frame.
He also alluded to the fact that the ability of the attackers to overpower the police stations, hold the armed officers hostage and steal from their armoury is also a factor.
He described that as symbolic and called for an audit into the actual number of weapons stolen.
The security expert speaking on Newsfile said what has happened must be looked at carefully and needs no knee jerk reaction.
In his view, the televised arrest of the 31 members of the attackers is unfortunate and will not help in dealing with the others.
Members of the Homeland Study Group, a secessionist group, early hours of Friday blocked main entry points linking the region to Accra and the Republic of Togo in an overnight operation.
The group justifying their action said they were celebrating their independence.
At Tefle and Juapong, the group amidst the burning of vehicle tyres and chanting of war songs took over the road and prevented vehicles from moving across.
Later in the evening on Friday, a joint statement issued by the Police Public Relations Directorate and that of the Military said the situation was under control.
The situation covered the general area of Juapong, Sogakope, Aveyime, Mepe and Akuse.
But the statement has assured the general public that the situation has since been brought under control.
The statement which was signed by the Public Relations Directorate of the two services noted that all the roadblocks on the affected areas in the Volta Region have been cleared with the security forces taking control of the installation s in the region.
“All the roadblocks have also been cleared and the security agencies have taken control of the highways and strategic installations within the Region. It is hereby stated that an earlier pre-emptive operation on Thursday 24 September 2020, foiled a plan by the Group to burn the Ho Central Market and other key installations.”