Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Feb. 28, GNA
– Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday laid a wreath on behalf of
government and Ghanaians to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the
February 28 Christianborg crossroads shooting incident held at the Nationalism
Park at Osu, Accra.
The event that
occasioned Ghana’s struggle for independence, is commemorated annually of the
killing of three ex-servicemen- Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private
Odartey Lamptey, during a peaceful march to the Christiansborg Castle on
February 28, 1948.
Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Defence Staff, laid a wreath on behalf of security
services, while Retired Major General Clayton Yaache, National Chairman of the
Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) laid on behalf of departed veterans.
Nii Okwei Kinka
Dowuona, the Osu Mantse laid on behalf of traditional authorities and Nii Kai
Omashie I a representative of Sargent Adjetey’s family, laid on behalf of the
Other dignitaries at
the ceremony include Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister of Interior, government
officials, security personnel, traditional leaders, veterans, the clergy,
students and pupils from selected basic schools.
history of the 28th February Christiansborg Crossroads shooting
incident, Ex-WO1 Robert Nicholas Kuma, Greater Accra Chairman, VAG stated that, the event was to honour the
defenceless Ex-servicemen, who in 1947, were killed by the colonial Police
while marching peacefully to the Osu Castle to present a petition to the then
He said during
Second World War, soldiers of the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African
Frontier Forces fought alongside their allied forces and at the end of the war
there was increased agitation by anti-colonial movements for independence for
the colonies in South East Asia and Africa.
Ex-WO1 Kuma said the
war veterans, who had fought so gallantly and received high commendation, were
demobilized at the end of the war and paid a pittance by way of gratuity of
about one shilling a day, adding that, the ex-servicemen were naturally not
happy with the gratuity.
As a result, the
veterans thought the British Government, which ruled the Gold Coast, now Ghana,
would in appreciation of their sacrifices made, pay them the right amount of
gratuity, adding that, several appeals made by the soldiers to the authorities
fell on deaf ears.
He said after a
period of waiting for a reasonable war benefits to be paid, which were not
forthcoming, the ex-servicemen decided to directly approach the British
Governor and Commander-In-Chief of the Gold Coast Regiment, Sir Gerald Creasy.
Ex-WO1 Kuma said on
Saturday, 28th February, 1948, before noon, a number of unarmed
ex-servicemen were on a march from Accra to the Christiansborg Castle to
present a petition to the Governor and the Commander-In-Chief when they were
intercepted at the Christiansborg Crossroads by a contingent of armed Policemen
led by a British Superintendent, Mr Imray.
“Mr Imray ordered
the ex-servicemen to disperse, when his orders were disobeyed, he gave another
order to the Police to open fire. When this second order was not complied with,
Mr Imray fired at the ex-servicemen, killing Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Atitpoe
and Private Odartey Lamptey instantly,” he said.
He said the news of
the death of the ex-servicemen spread rapidly, leading to a situation where law
and order broke down in Accra and other parts of the country.
anti-colonial movements to press the British government to institute a
committee to investigate the killings and the general disorder.
recommended self-government for the Gold Coast which subsequently led to the
attainment of political independence for the country.
In a grief-stricken
mood, a roll call of the veterans was announced, followed by the sounding of
the last post, after which a minute silence was observed for the fallen
soldiers as well as the observance of the reveille.