Today, February 28, 2022, Ghana 🇬🇭 marks the 74th anniversary of the 28th February Christianborg Crossroads shooting incident, which led to the payoff of three war stagers in the social period.
The corner incident, which passed in 1948, led to the payoff of Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe, and Private Odartey Lamptey.
On February 28 each time, the State holds a special form at the Freedom Monument, near the Black Star Square at Osu, in Accra, in memory of the three Ghanaian World War II stagers.
The kick followed several prayers to the social government, which yielded no fruitful results.
The stagers also decided to march to the seat of the Christiansborg Castle, Accra, Gold Coast (Ghana), to present a solicitation to the social governor demanding their end of war benefits promised them.
But the peaceful kick turned deadly when they were interdicted at the crossroads — the exact position of the present “ Freedom Monument” — by a contingent of fortified bobbies who shot and killed the three.
The payoff of the three stagers provoked a major strike and the call for an end to social rule – and a major precursor to the country getting an independent State on March 6, 1957.
The famed World War II stagers and their confederated forces in the also Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force were demanding their gratuity through road kick when they were killed.
A British police supervisor, Imray, shot and killed the three stages.
Imray was said to have killed the stagers after an inferior he’d ordered to do so had failed to execute the order.
The act sparked wide uproar and commination, with people in Accra and another corridor of the country taking to the highways and attacking European and Asian businesses and property.
Shortly after the disturbances, the leadership of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), a political organization championing an end to colonialism, transferred a string to the Secretary of State for the Colonies in London.
In the letter, the UGCC advised that the situation would get out of control if the Social Government wasn’t changed.
“ … unless the Social Government is changed and a new Government of the people and their chiefs installed at the center incontinently, the conduct of the millions will be fully out of control with strikes hovered in Police diggings … and affect in worse violent and reckless acts by unbridled people,” it said.
The kick lasted for five days and on 1st March 1948, the Social Governor declared a state of exigency and put in place a new Riot Act.
Leading members of the UGCC (The Big Six), including Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, were indicted for orchestrating the disturbances.
They were latterly arrested and confined in remote northern corridor of the country.
Dr Nkrumah latterly broke down from the UGCC to form the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
The CPP, through a crusade dubbed “ Positive Action,” waged a successful anti-colonial crusade and achieved an end to social rule and the realization of an independent Ghana on March 6, 1957.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Ex WOI Bright Segbefia, Public Relations Officer, Veterans Administration Ghana (VAG), said the commemoration of the Christianborg Crossroads incident was an important occasion on the timetable of the Administration.
He said the form didn’t only recognize the three stagers who were killed during the 1948 kick but all expert officers who had contributed significantly to the security and protection of the nation.
“ This time, we will be honoring two expert officers for their fidelity and service to the nation. It’s important to let our officers know that they will be fete for their offerings to the nation,” he said.
WOI Segbefia appealed to the Government to pay critical attention to the health requirements of expert officers as a way of showing appreciation for their service to the nation.
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