Togolese cross border to Ghana

Media reports suggest that most residents are uncertain about their safety because of the seeming unrest in the country.

Most streets are empty, shops have closed and owners of vehicles both private and the public have parked their cars out of fear.

Those fleeing are giving the excuse of attending church conventions in order to move out of the country.

This has caused the Immigration Officers on the Ghana side of the border are on high alert. Security has tightened at the border as well.

A journalist with Lome-based Second Television, Roger Lovenou told Accra-based Joy FM that civil servants had to go to work because they have been threatened by the government to slash their salaries.

He said “if you are a private worker or you own your own business, you don’t have a problem. But, those who are working in the civil service, the government says ‘if you don’t go to work, you will not be paid."

A protest in the country left seven people dead and about 27 arrested.

The protest was to challenge the presidency of Faure Gnassingbe.

The Gnassingbe family has been ruling Togo since 1967 after a coup by Eyadéma.

Faure who is also the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has won three presidential elections.

But many argue that he won those elections under controversial circumstances.

Residents of Togo are now demanding that the Constitution be amended to prevent his family’s continued stay in power.

They are likely to stage another protest on Friday to press home their demands.

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