28 February 2019. A solemn Flag Raising and Wreath Laying ceremony has been observed at the Nationalism Park, at Osu in Accra on Thursday 28 February, 2019 to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the 28th February Christiansborg Crossroads Shooting Incident.
The event, celebrated yearly, is in honour of the three Ex-servicemen, Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey, who were killed in 1948 by the Colonial Police while marching to the Osu Castle to present a petition to the then Governor, Sir Gerald Creasy.
The parade was made up of a contingent each from the Ghana Army, Ghana Navy, Ghana Air Force, Ghana Police Service and the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG).
Five wreaths were laid at the ceremony: HE Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia laid on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Akwa laid one on behalf of the Security Services. Major General CB Yaache (Rtd) laid a wreath on behalf of all Veterans. The Osu Mantse and Mr David Hammond, a representative from Pte Odartey Lamptey’s family laid wreaths on behalf of the Traditional Authorities and the families of the fallen soldiers respectively.
Historical background: On 28th February 1948, a number of unarmed ex-servicemen were on a march from Accra to the Christiansborg Castle to present a petition to the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief, Sir Gerald Creasy, when they were intercepted at the Christiansborg Crossroad by a contingent of armed policemen, led by a British Superintendent, Colin Imray.
Superintendent Imray ordered the Ex-servicemen to disperse, but they did not. He then gave orders to the police to open fire on the Ex-service men, but that did not deter them. Superintendent Imray himself fired at the Ex-servicemen, killing Sergeant Adjetey, Cpl Attipoe and Private 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.