On February 28, 1948, three gallant soldiers were killed at the Osu crossroads, leading to the Castle, then the seat of government in Accra.
The soldiers were Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey.
The three soldiers who fought alongside the allied forces during the Second World War were killed on February 28, 1948 by the colonial police while their regiment was marching to present a petition to the then British Colonial Governor, Sir Gerald Creasy.
The petition was about what they referred to as unfair treatment by the British government after they returned from the war, but they were intercepted at the crossroads leading to the Castle by a contingent of armed policemen who shot and killed them.
News about the death of the ex-servicemen spread rapidly, leading to mass protests and riots all over the country. This situation compelled the colonial government to impose a state of emergency with curfews in order to bring the situation back to normalcy.
The incident encouraged anti-colonial movements to impress on the British government to set up a committee to investigate the killings and general disorder in the country.
This finally lead to the colonial masters giving way to the declaration of our independence by our first Prime minister, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 6, 1957.
At a ceremony held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the site of the shooting incident, the Vice President Dr. Bawumia, was the reviewing officer for a guard of honour formed by over 130 officers and men drawn from the police, army and air force.
The Vice President laid a wreath on behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Ghana at the cenotaph of the three gallant soldiers of the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force who lost their lives on that fateful day.
Wreaths were also laid by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama on behalf of the security services while the Chairman of VAG, Maj Gen. C.B. Yaache (Rtd), laid a wreath on behalf of the veterans.
The Osu Mantse, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona, laid a wreath on behalf of traditional authorities, while Nii Okwei Omashie I, laid a wreath on behalf of the family of the three soldiers who were killed.