Today In History: Exactly 57 Years Ago Today, Ako-Adjei And Others Were Tried For The Kulungugu Bombing That Nearly Killed Kwame Nkrumah

On 1 August 1962, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah escaped a bomb assassination attempt on his life at Kulungugu in the Upper East Region.

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Following the attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah’s life in Kulungugu, three of his close associates were arrested for the assassination attempt. The accused in the case were Ebenezer Ako-Adjei (foreign minister), Tawia Adamafio (information minister), and Hugh Horatio Cofie-Crabbe (executive secretary of Nkrumah’s political party).

Tawiah Adamafio

They were jailed under the Preventive Detention Act. CPP publications accused the defendants of complicity in the assassination attempt due to all of them choosing to ride in cars far behind the president when the bomb was thrown.


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The trial lasted for over a year and the three were originally cleared by the court, headed by Chief Justice Arku Korsah. Nkrumah subsequently had Korsah dismissed from the bench and appointed a new court, re-charging the exonerated defendants. Nkrumah handpicked the jury in the next court which found the three guilty and sentenced them to death. The death sentences were later commuted to twenty-year sentences.

The three were however released from detention when Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown on February 24th, 1966.

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