Ghanaians must sanction J.J Rawlings, he is a criminal – Boagye Gyan

Ghanaians must sanction J.J Rawlings, he is a criminal – Boagye Gyan

A Former Member of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Major Boakye-Gyan (Rtd) has posited that Ghanaian law enforcers should arrest former president of the republic of Ghana Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings (Rtd) because he is a criminal.

Major Kojo Boakye-Djan planned the coup that brought Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings to power in Ghana on 4 June 1979 with other junior officers.

Explaining the purpose of the coup to Bretuoba Host of Delight Fm’s Socio – Political Show “Nyansapo”, Major Boakye-Gyan put in plain words that the main purpose of the coup d’état was to save Rawlings, who was facing a possible death sentence for planning an overthrow earlier on.

“The June 4th Revolution or June 4th Uprising was an uprising in Ghana in 1979 that arose out of a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army” he held.

According to Major Boakye-Gyan, The AFRC came to power in a bloody coup that removed the Supreme Military Council 2 (SMC 2), another military regime from power. The June 4 coup was preceded by an abortive attempt on May 15, 1979 when Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and other ranks in the military were arrested. Their trial only served to make them popular till they were eventually released on the morning of June 4 by young officers and noncommissioned officers. During the fighting that ensued throughout the day about 27 hours, a number of military personnel lost their lives.

These include Major General Neville Odartey Wellington, then Chief of Army staff who led the government’s resistance team against the dissidents, Colonel Joseph Enningful who was a former Commander of the Support Services of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lieutenant J. Agyemang Bio, Corporal William Tingan, Lance Corporal Sorkpor, Trooper Samuel Larsey, Trooper Emmanuel Koranteng-Apau, Lance Corporal Gabriel Follivi and Lance Corporal Mamudu Kalifa. They were all buried with full military honours at the Osu Military Cemetery in Accra.

When asked why he is not in good terms with the former president he said “After the initial handing over power to a civilian government made up of President Hilla Limann’s administration, he (Rawlings) took back control illegally of the country on 31st December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

Major Boakye added that the second coming of Rawlings was never part of the initial plan so he thought it wise to cut ties with such a criminal.  “For forty-one (41) years now I have never spoken to Rawlings because he is a criminal” he harangued.


Story: Kwasi Minta

Editor: Kofi Boahen Dankwa

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