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28 February 2017

Akufo-Addo to honour memory of fallen men at ‘Crossroads Shooting’

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Ghana will Tuesday commemorate the 69th anniversary of the 28th February shooting incident which saw the gunning down of three retired soldiers by British Police in 1948.

A wreath laying ceremony to mark the day will take place at the Nationalism Park in Accra.

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The Ghana Police, the Armed Forces and other state security agencies will be participating in the ceremony to honour Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey.

President Akufo-Addo is expected to participate in the ceremony.

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On February 28, 1948, a number of ex-servicemen were marching from Accra to Christianborg Castle to present a petition to the Governor on their unpaid war benefits when they were intercepted at the crossroads by a contingent of armed policemen.

The contingent, led by British Police Superintendent, Mr Colin Imray, ordered that they disperse and when they refused to obey, he gave an order to the police to open fire and the three ex-servicemen were killed.

The ex-soldiers had fought alongside the allied forces in the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force during the Second World War and had returned home poor and were not paid their gratuities.

 

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