• Short Summary

    THE GHANAIAH NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL HAS ANNOUNCED TWO DAYS OF MOURNING FOR LT.-GENERAL KOTOKA, THE GHANA ARMY CHIEF KILLED IN PUTTING DOWN MONDAY'S ATTEMPTED COUP.

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    THE GHANAIAH NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL HAS ANNOUNCED TWO DAYS OF MOURNING FOR LT.-GENERAL KOTOKA, THE GHANA ARMY CHIEF KILLED IN PUTTING DOWN MONDAY'S ATTEMPTED COUP. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL EMMANUEL KWASI KOTOKA, WHO LAST YEAR LED THE MILITARY COUP WHICH OUSTED DR. NKRUMAH, WAS GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING GHANA'S ARMED FORCES AND THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR DEFENCE, HEALTH, LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE.

    IT IS NOT YET CLEAR HOW LT-GENERAL KOTOKA MET HIS DEATH, BUT SOME REPORTS SAY THAT HE WAS CAPTURED, HAVING BEEN INJURED, AND THEN SHOT BY HIS CAPTORS. HIS BODY WAS FOUND NEAR THE AIRPORT.

    YESTERDAY MORNING THOUSANDS FILLED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC HOLY SPIRIT CATHEDRAL IN ACCRA HOURS BEFORE THE BODY ARRIVED. THE SEVEN OTHER MEMBERS OF THE RULING COUNCIL WERE ALSO IN THEIR SEATS AN HOUR BEFORE THE COFFIN WAS BROUGHT TO THE CATHEDRAL.

    LT-GENERAL KOTOKA'S BODY WAS MET AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH BY BISHOP BOWERS, CATHOLIC BISHOP IN ACCRA. IT WAS THEN CARRIED IN A PROCESSION OF CLERGY, SERVERS, SOLDIERS AND RELATIONS TO A CATAFALQUE IN THE CHURCH.

    MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL FILED PAST THE BODY TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS, FOLLOWED BY MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS, SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS, AND THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

    LAST NIGHT, IN A NATIONWIDE BROADCAST, GENERAL ANKRAH SAID THE IDEALS FOR WHICH LT-GENERAL KOTOKA GAVE HIS LIFE, WOULD CONTINUE TO INSPIRE THE PEOPLE OF GHANA.

    TODAY LT-GENERAL KOTOKA WAS BURIED WITH FULL STATE HONOURS WHILE THE NATION MOURNED A NATIONAL HERO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8V5K6NJK05IMSA2LQKLC6C5XH
    Media URN:
    VLVA8V5K6NJK05IMSA2LQKLC6C5XH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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