By Hafsa Obeng, GNA
Accra, June 30, GNA
– The Ghana Bar Association in collaboration with the Judiciary on Sunday held
a 37th anniversary remembrance service at the Kaneshie Presbyterian Church in
Accra for the three murdered justices of the High Court of Justice.
The three late
justices – Justice Fred Poku Sarkodee, Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and
Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong were murdered on June 30, 1982 together with a
retired Army Officer.
Mr Anthony Forson,
the President of the Ghana Bar Association who read a reference document on the
plight of the late Justices and retired Army Officer titled, “Lest We Forget”
said they were brutally and savagely murdered on the night of their abduction
at the Bundase Military Range in the Accra Plains.
“The bodies of these
precious Ghanaians had been soaked with petrol and set on fire. Divine
intervention, through a heavy downpour that night, quenched the burning bodies
and when discovered, the charred bodies had deteriorated into a state of
decomposition,” he said.
He said a Special
Investigation Board” formed by the then Provisional National Defence Council
made findings that led to the prosecution and sentencing of death of the
accused persons who were found guilty.
Mr Forson said for
the past 36 years, the Bar and Bench had mourned the death of these martyrs of
the rule of law.
“In response to the
call for reconciliation by the National Reconciliation Commission and the
biblical injunction, that we should forgive those who trespass against us, we
have forgiven the wrongdoers for their cowardly and evil deeds,” he added.
On the issue of the
kidnapping of the two Canadian women, he commended the Security Services for
apprehending the suspected kidnappers.
However, he said:
“The country waits with bated breath to hear similar good news relating to the
three residents of Takoradi namely Priscilla Bentum, Ruth Quayson and Mantebea
Koranchie who were kidnapped variously in August and December 2018.”
Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church delivering
a sermon on “God and Freedom”, said independence is meaningless unless it was
anchored by God.
He advised people
especially those with reputable social statuses and the highly learned to be
humble in their dealings with man, saying: “I pray to God that, the more you
learn the more you become humble.”
He called on
government to train up students in a way that they could become responsible for
their lives after completing tertiary education.
“Ghanaians need to
arise, students arise to study well and workers, arise to work harder if we
want this nation to progress,” he said.
Rev. Prof. Mante
disclosed that a research conducted showed that one out of every three Africans
would like to leave Africa to stay in the Western world, saying, that was
serious and conflicted with the dreams Dr Kwame Nkrumah had for the country.
He explained that
all was because Africa and Ghana for that matter still struggled with
structural and functional problems of health, education, potable water, and
good roads etc.
“Yet, people are
using the State’s money to fight useless political battles. Let’s not allow
anyone to deceive us,” he said.
Bad deeds including
greed, stealing and robbery he said, had befallen the country at every field
including work places and Christian ministries and called on all to read the
Bible verse: (Proverbs 14: 34) to be encouraged to adopt positive attitudes.
The Service was
graced by Dr Mahamoudu Bawumia, the Vice President; Justice Sophia Akuffo, the
Chief Justice; Justice Gloria Akuffo, the Attorney-General; other justices of
the Supreme and High Courts, members of the Ghana Bar Association and some
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