Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said that the country’s security agencies are on an intense manhunt for the 85-year-old leader of the Homeland Study Group Foundation, Charles Kudzordzi, also known as Papavi Hogbedetor.
“My understanding is that the security agencies are still on the hunt for the leader of these persons…The security agencies continue with their job, you notice that while everybody seemed to have moved on from the initial story, the Security agencies were keeping their eye on it and that’s how come they were able to do this raid. They inform us that their eye is still on the board and that they will do their best to bring all persons associated with this to book,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said in an interview with ABC News.
The Ho District Court in November last year ordered the arrest of Papavi and his ring leaders over their unlawful declaration of parts of the Volta Region as a sovereign state.
Following their arrest and subsequent detention, the office of the Attorney General dropped all charges of treason against the group.
Papavi, following his release then went into hiding and has remained in exile since.
From his hideout late last year, Papavi Hogbedetor sent a message to government asking them to ‘show maturity’ and invite him legally through his lawyers instead of resorting to what he describes as the arbitrary arrests and detention of his members.
Many Ghanaians in reaction to the viral video urged the security agencies to use intelligence and arrest the wanted leader.
More than three months after this incident, the Military on ‘intelligence’ raided a training camp of the group at Kpevedue in the Volta Region and arrested some 21 persons. However, Papavi still remains at large.
But in an interview with ABC News, the Ofoase Ayirebi legislator stated that it is not an easy task to arrest leaders of such groups but the security agencies are working hard at it.
“You do know that some these heads of these organizations find ways of evading even in the world. I’m sure you recall how long it took even America to find Osama so it takes a while but the important thing is that the security agencies continue with their job.” he added.
The Minister added that the Bureau of National Investigations, National Security and other security details have begun interrogating the 21 arrested persons.
“Yesterday (Monday) they set up an operation to raid the camp and apprehend 21 out of the 25 persons who our intelligence suggested were going through this exercise. 5 actually escaped but one was apprehended to add to the initial 20 that were picked up, making 21. They were flown to Accra and interrogations are now commencing between the various security apparatus; Defence intelligence, BNI, National Security and for the laws that have been breached, you can be sure that they will be subjected to the full rigorous of the law,” the Minister noted.
Watch the Interview here: