Ghana Police Service Remembers Fallen Heroes (PHOTOS)

The Ghana Police Service has held a memorial service for 10 police officers who died through adversarial actions while performing lawful duties.

The 10 late Officers, honoured in Accra on Thursday, included Francis Amenyo Aballo, Robert Kumi Ackah, Daniel Owusu, Michael Kporyi and Kwakuvi Hukporti.

The others are Jakper Biitleeb Yamdauk, Esther Kagya Junior, Daniel Kwesi Appiah, Courage Agbetsiafa and Frank Degbey. 

Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumiah laid a wreath on behalf of the Government and the people of Ghana, whilst the Inspector-General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu,laid a wreath for the Ghana Police Service, with Madam Margret Boahemah, Wife of the late David Owusu, laying a wreath on behalf of the bereaved families.

The Abola Manste and Chief Councilor to the Ga State, Nii Ahene Nunoo III, laid a wreath on behalf of the traditional rulers.

Vice President Dr Bawumiah signed the Remembrance Book after a tour of the Cenotaph.

Very Reverend Father George Arthur, in his message, said the memorial service was to honour the past and to shape the future.

“In addition to paying tributes to these fallen heroes, their names are engraved on the wall of Honour and Roll of Honour as the case may be. 

“The Wall of Honour is dedicated to Officers who perished through adversarial or combative action; whereas the Roll of Honour is a book in which names of officers who, although died in the course of performing lawful duties, did not die through adversarial or combative action,” he said.

ACP Arthur, also an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), prayed for the departed souls and the bereaved families.

The Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Derry, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Akwa, retired Police Officers, and the President and members of the Police Wives Association were among some of the dignitaries that attended the service.

The Memorial Day was marked simultaneously across the 10 regions of Ghana.

The Police Memorial Day was first celebrated in 2014 where all Officers who qualified for honours prior to the day were immortalised.

Two years thereafter in 2016, a Cenotaph was inaugurated for the purpose of creating a Wall of Honour and 15 Police officers, eight of whom had their names engraved on the wall, were immortalised.

The remaining seven names were inscribed in the Roll of Honour.