Years After Aiding Him ToBreak Jail
Lance Corporal Amedeka, the soldier tried in absentia and found guilty in the cold abduction and murder of three high court judges and an army officer, is cooling off in a North American country, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, has claimed.
Same Kweku Baako, had earlier claimed that the wanted murderer, was been hiding in a West African country, his latest assertion create a huge doubt as to Lance Corporal Amedeka’s exact location.
He had a fortnight ago, on Joy FM mentioned Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin among other countries, where Lance Corporal Amedeka, could be hiding.
Mr Baako, was one of the individuals who appeared before the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) with fairy tales on the Rawlings’ PNDC and AFRC. Most of his accounts were held as hearsays and inadmissible.Mass graves created by the Rawlings elements, he claimed he was aware of could not be identified.
Shortly afterward the NRC, he fell out with Major Kojo Boakye-Djan, whose name was on his lips throughout the Rawlings era.
It was held that Major Boakye-Djan, an architect of the coup that brought Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings to power in Ghana on June 4, 1979 with other junior officers, failed to nail Rawlings, when he appeared before the NRC to the disappointment of expectation of Mr Baako, who had hyped the Major’s return to Ghana and appeared before the commission.
The Kufour regime and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had to be embarrassed by the outcome of the controversies surrounding witnesses such as; Chris Asher Junior and Mathew Adabugah, who were sponsored from their locations abroad to testify against Mr Rawlings. They turned out to be fugitives wanted for one crime or another, including fraud and murder.
Lance Corporal Amedeka, like Amartey Kwei and others, were to be shot at the Teshie range for the murder that shook the country and the foundation of the judiciary in 1982, but Amedeka, broke jail, fled the country 36-years ago.
According to Kweku Baako, the unimpeachable information he has picked up, suggests the former army officer is alive and well.
“I got a hint where Amedeka is,” he said. “He is somewhere in a North American country,” he insisted but won’t mentioned the exact location of the fugitive, whom he had earlier claimed on Joy FM, he aided to break jail, while in prison in Koforidua.
He had already expressed misgivings about the failure by subsequent governments to track him down with the help of Interpol and serve him the justice he deserved.
Baako made the comments on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme on Saturday, while discussing Rawlings’ reaction to the “Who killed the judges” a documentary produced by Multimedia’s Raymond Acquah.
Mr Rawlings was appalled by what he termed as a desperate attempt to blame innocent people for a crime which has long been dealt with and perpetrators punished for same.
He did not understand why Multimedia will seek to do a documentary about the killing of judges 36-years ago, when it equally could have investigated the killing of the overlord of DagbonYa-Na Yakubu Andani and his elders.
“We have rehashed and recooked history to make innocent people look murderous. And in the next breath using the same name to endorse yourselves because Rawlings said he is cultured (compared to his predecessors). This is vicious and callous political opportunism,” he said.
But Kweku Baako Jnr, said Mr Rawlings should have exercised the option of silence in this particular matter.
“Silence is golden relative to this incident,” he said, chiding, “where was Rawlings when the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) gave its verdict on the 1982 killings?”
Quoting page 139 of the Executive summary of a report released by the National Reconciliation Commission on 12 October 2004, Mr Baako, read a portion of the SIB report which had named Captain Kojo Tsikata, as a co-conspirator in the killing of the judges.
The report further stated that Tsikata, a former National Security advisor, could not have carried out the heinous act without clearance from a higher authority, who was then the military head of state, Fl Lt Jerry John Rawlings.
According to Baako, several efforts by the NRC to get Mr Rawlings to respond to allegations about his alleged complicity in the murder of the judges, he declined or refused to appear before it.
Even when he was subpoenaed to appear before the Commission with two videos, he failed to provide the same with the explanation that the videos were in the custody of a man who had died.
If Mr Rawlings failed to cooperate with the NRC and has remained silent 14 years in the face of the damning conclusions contained in the findings of the NRC report, Mr Baako, found it intriguing that the same man has found it worthwhile to comment on a documentary produced by Joy News.
“Rawlings didn’t have the requisite capacity to appear before the Commission, but if it was a chop bar or rally, he is ready to do ‘cowboyism,’” he said.
Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson Dafeamekpor, said the timing of the release of the documentary was intriguing.
He wished the documentary would have brought up new facts, but it didn’t.
On June 30, 1982, three High Court judges, Justice Cecelia Koranteng Addo, Kwadwo AdjeiA gyepong, Poku Sarkodie and a retired army officer, Major Sam Acquah, were abducted within curfew hours, shot and burnt by ruthless, lawless men, including young soldiers over claims they were corrupt.
The judges, had adjudicated high profile cases involving the then military government and had freed suspects who were brought before them. They were abducted and murdered ostensibly because they were deemed to be bias and corrupt.
The murder shook the nation prompting the arrest of some of the suspects who were tried and found guilty. Joachim Amartey Kwei, L/Cpl Samuel Michael Senyah, ex-soldier Johnny Dzandu, Tony Tekpor, L/Cpl Gordon Kwowu, L/Cpl Mama Nsurowua, L/Cpl Victor Gomeleshio, Sgt. Daniel Alolga Akata Pore were all named.
Some of the suspects, were shot after they were found guilty, but Amedeka, escaped and has since not returned to Ghana.