The sad day in Ghana's history when 3 high court judges were kidnapped and killed

The sad day in Ghana's history when 3 high court judges were kidnapped and killed

- June 30, 1982, remains a dark day in Ghana's history as three high court judges were abducted and assassinated

- They were Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addo, Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong, Justice Fred Poku Sarkodie, and Major Sam Acquah (Rtd)

- All three are remembered in an annual judicial service on the anniversary of their deaths called Martyrs Day

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On June 30, 1982, an indelible mark was made on Ghana's history when three High Court judges and a retired army officer were murdered in cold blood at the Bundase Military Range in the Accra Plains.

According to a report, all four renowned Ghanaian icons were killed after being abducted at night by unidentified assailants.

They were Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addo, Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong, Justice Fred Poku Sarkodie, and Major Sam Acquah (Rtd).

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The sad day in Ghana's history when 3 high court judges were kidnapped & killed
Source: Ghanaianmuseum.com, Theghanareport.com
Source: UGC

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According to ghanaianmuseum.com, following the incident, a Special Investigation Board was formed by the government to investigate the murders of the three judges and retired army officer.

Four people, namely Joachim Amartey Kwei (then 32 years), Michael Senya (21), Johnny Dzandu (23), and Tony Tekpor (24) were tried in court and sentenced to death by firing squad.

The three High Court judges were martyred and are remembered in an annual judicial service in Ghana on the anniversary of their deaths that is called Martyrs Day.

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In another historic event, on February 24, 1996, the then president of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was overthrown in a coup led by Colonel E.K. Kotoka, Major A.A. Afrifa, Lieutenant General J.A. Ankra, and Police Inspector General J.W.K. Harlley.

Nkrumah was out of the country at the time his government was overthrown by the people he least suspected to have had any ill thoughts concerning him.

When the coup happened and reality dawned on Nkrumah that his government had ended, the first president of Ghana reminisced on the whole event and wrote down very emotional words in his book, Dark Days in Ghana.

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