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General News of Saturday, 6 October 2018


Who Killed the Judges: Bodies burnt because Justice Cecilia refused to die – Baako reveals

Veteran journalist, Malik Kweku Baako, has revealed that the bodies of the three High Court judges and the ex-soldier abducted and killed during Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) military regime, were burnt because of the resistance shown by one of them.

Speaking on Joy FM/Joy News TV’s news analysis programme Newsfile Saturday, Mr Baako, who was a prison mate with Samuel Amedeka, one of the soldiers who perpetrated the crime, recounted what Amedeka told him in prison about the murders.

According to him, Amedeka was suffering from seizures when he was brought to prison and when confronted on the cause, he opened up that he was seeing visions of Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addow.

“There was one time we heard Sam [Amedeka] hitting his head on the wall [and] when you ask him he tells you he sees Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and when that happens he gets into some fit…he says the men just fell [dead] like that but the lady [Cecilia] attempted to come towards them on her knees and on that basis they took a decision to burn the bodies,” Mr Baako revealed.

He was reacting to a news report on a former prison officer, Magnus Nortey Oquaye, who told Joy FM that the soldiers who brought L/Cpl Samuel Amedeka to the prison claimed he was mad.

The journalist was speaking on the back of Joy News documentary, Who Killed the Judges, a piece that details how the three High Court judges and the former army officer were abducted and killed 36 years ago.

Justices Kwadwo Adjei Agyepong, Poku Sarkodie and Mrs Cecelia Koranteng-Addow and Samuel Acquah, a retired Major in the Ghana Armed Forces, were abducted and shot dead, their bodies set on fire but saved from a downpour on the night of June 30, 1982.

Amartey Kwei, Tony Tekpor, Dzandzu and Helki were all found guilty of murder, sentenced to death and executed by firing squad. Amedeka escaped prisons and hasn’t been seen since.

But questions have been asked about the motive the young soldiers would have to kill the quadruple. Most analysts believe there is a mastermind to the killings, someone walking free.

Amartey Kwei has been cited to have had a grudge against Major Acquah because he was Personnel Manager at Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) when Kwei led a protest against the institution that got him dismissed.

The soldiers, however, noted that they carried out the atrocities on behalf of the Jerry Rawlings-led PNDC government.