Thursday, July 31, 2014
Crossroad Shooting Incident Remembered
News

A solemn flag raising and wreath laying ceremony has been held at the Freedom Monument at Osu in Accra to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the 28 February Christianborg Crossroad Shooting Incident on Sunday 28 February, 2010.

 

The event is celebrated every year to honour the three ex-servicemen who were killed in 1948 by the colonial police while marching to the Osu castle to present a petition to the then Governor.

A contingent of 114 officers made up of the Ghana Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG) were on parade under the command of Lt Cdr K.A Bimpong. Also present were the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Honourable Nii Armah Ashietey, Minister of State at the Presidency, Hajia Rafatu Alhassan Dubie; Service Commanders, the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, ACP Rose Bio-Atingah, Commanders of the various Security Agencies, members of VAG, Traditional Rulers, the Clergy and other identifiable groups.

Wreaths were laid by the Minister of Defence, Lt Gen Joseph Henry Smith on behalf of the government, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Peter Augustine Blay also laid the second on behalf of the security services, the Chairman of Veterans Association of Ghana, Air Vice Marshall Odaate Barnor laid one for the veterans and the Gbese Mantse of the Ga State, Nii Okaijah III finally laid one for traditional authorities.

Reading the modified history of the event, a member of the VAG, Ex WO1 Robert Kumah, recounted that on that sorrowful Saturday, 28th February 1948, before noon, a number of unarmed Ex-servicemen were on a march from Accra to the Christianborg Castle to present a petition to the Governor and the Commander-in-Chief when they were intercepted at the Christianborg Crossroad by a contingent of armed Policemen led by a British Superintendent, Mr. Imray.

Ex WOI Kumah further stated that, the Superintendent ordered the Ex-servicemen to disperse, when his orders were disobeyed, he gave orders to the Police to open fire but they still did not comply and Superintendent Imray himself fired at the Ex-servicemen, killing Sergeant Adjetey, Cpl Attipoe and Pte Odartey Lamptey instantly in cold blood.

‘’The news about the death of the gallant Ex-servicemen spread rapidly, leading to a situation where law and order broke down in Accra and other parts of the country’’, he revealed.

This he said encouraged anti-colonial movements to press the British government to institute a committee to investigate the killings and general disorder. The committee recommended self- government for the Gold Coast and subsequently led to the attainment of political independence for the country.