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More than five thousand Togolese refugees flee to Ghana

WEST AFRICA – As political uncertainty looms in Togo, thousands of Togolese citizens and residents are fleeing to neighboring Ghana to escape retaliation after a surge in anti-government demonstrations, authorities in Ghana revealed last Wednesday.

An official of the Ghana Refugee Board, Paddy Tetteh said the first batch of escapees arrived last Wednesday.

Togolese refugees crossing into Ghana

“They are close to 300,” Tetteh to international media groups. Eye witnesses say several of Togolese escapees were in the northern district of Chereponi, close to Ghana’s eastern border.

In recent weeks, thousands of Togolese have taken to the streets calling for the resignation of the country’s president Faure Gnassingbe, who has been in power since 2005.

Faure assumed state power after the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled Togo with iron hands for 38 years since 1967.

One of the country’s opposition member Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson said, “The military conducted punitive expeditions throughout the night (of Wednesday to Thursday last week).”

Meanwhile, authorities in the country blamed opposition demonstrators, arguing, that no authorization or approval was given for any demonstration.

Opposition and protesters in the West African state are calling for President Faure Gnassingbe’s resignation as well as demand changes to the country’s constitution to limit the number of presidential terms to just two.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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