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The statue at the Bissa town where Ghana’s First President Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah was attacked

The statue at the Bissa town (KULUNGUGU) where Ghana’s First President Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah was Attack in the year “1st August, 1962”. The statue make the exact point of the Bissa town where the bomb attack happened.

Nkrumah was coming from a meeting with President Maurice Yaméogo in Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso, (Upper Volta). The meeting was to sign documents relating to the construction of the major hydroelectric project on the Volta which would become Lake Volta.

During the trip back to Ghana, heavy rains caused difficulties for the convoy on the country’s bad roads. The Presidential convoy stopped at an outskirts of Kulungugu to greet school children who had been waving and catching glimpses of the President. A school child, approached the president with a bouquet of flowers. A bomb was planted and blasted at a village school, where he made a short stopover. The bomb blast killed a young school child and injured others, when the bomb exploded. The president was saved by his bodyguard, Captain Buckman, who instinctively wrestled the president to the ground after hearing the ticking of the timing device. The President and Buckman experience non life-threatening injuries, but Most Bissas was injured due to this bomb assassination and 55 other people were injured. Nkrumah was treated by a British doctor at Bawku Hospital, who removed shrapnel from the President’s back and side.

 Memorial continued to stand at this site of Bissas town ( Kulungugu).


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