News reaching us has it that the Leader of the Volta separatist group, Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) Charles Komi Kudzodzi, popularly known as Papavi Hogbedetor is reportedly dead.
The 87-year old Charles Kormi Kudjordji, alias Papavi Hogbedetor was reported to have died Friday night at the St. Paul’s hospital in the Akatsi South Municipality, where he has been on admission.
Papavi has been at forefront of a separatist campaign to get the Volta region and other parts of North-Eastern part Ghana seceded into an independent Western Togoland state.
He was recently arrested and arraigned in connection with a supposed independence declaration sometime in October 2019.
Until his death, Papavi Hogbedetor was seeking to have the Volta region and some other parts of the country -Western Togoland declared independent from Ghana.
He was on several occasions arrested and stood trial, having been charged with treason for his acts.
In November 2019 Papavi Hogbedetor infamously declared the Volta region as an independent Western Togoland state at a public held in Ho.
He later went into hiding for almost two years and was again arrested on Wednesday, 28th July 2021 at his private residence in Ho.
He was, however, granted a GHC16k bail by a Ho High Court on health grounds.
Despite his insistence that the Homeland Study Group Foundation was a non-violent separatist movement, an attack on the Aveyime police station, the mounting of roadblocks and another arson attack on the STC station in Ho in 2020 were all attributed to him and his group.
Papavi has been at large since his infamous declaration of Volta region as an independent Western Togoland state on November 16, 2019 at a public event in Ho. Scores of his supporters were arrested and arraigned before court at the time, while an arrest warrant was placed on him.