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38th Remembrance Service for Three Murdered Judges Held

The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, The Most Rev. Dr. Paul K. Boafo, has called on Ghanaians to allow justice and righteousness prevail in society and be a standard of daily life.

“God is interested in justice and righteousness flowing like a stream without any obtrusions or impediment. It is for you and I to resolve to stand for the truth and ensure that justice, equality and fairness be our standard in all manner of life.”

Reverend Boafo was speaking at the 38th Remembrance Service for the Three Murdered Justices of the High Court. They are: Justices Fred Poku Sarkodie, Mrs. Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and Kwadwo Agyei-Agyepong.

His message, hinged on Amos 5:24 “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream”. He said the prophet Amos in his time was speaking the voice of God to the people of Israel reminding them that God was not just interested in lip service but in the practice of justice and righteousness.  According to him, the same can be said in our time to let justice and righteousness flow in every facet of society.

For his part, the National President of the Ghana Bar Association, Mr. Anthony Forson Jnr., in his address titled ‘Lest We Forget, eulogized the three Judges.

 

“Justices Fred Poku Sarkodee, Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong, the Bar, the Bench and the people of Ghana salute you. You died in the line of duty. You performed your duty as judges without fear or favor. You stood for the rule of law. But your assassins hated what you stood for and murdered you. They could not eliminate what you stood for. Your monuments stand in the forecourt of the Supreme Court Building in constant reminder of the good qualities required of a Judge. Judges, Magistrates and Lawyers will continue to draw inspiration from the bold and courageous manner in which you administered justice in those challenging times. We will continue to celebrate you, lest we forget what you lived and died for.”

Mr. Forson used the occasion to remind Ghanaians to promote peace in the country. “As we celebrate our departed colleagues, it is imperative that we devote ourselves to the promotion and sustenance of peace and tolerance in our country”, he said.

A wreath-laying ceremony at the forecourt of the Supreme Court Building, preceded the Church Service. Wreaths were laid by the Chief Justice on behalf of the Judiciary and the Judicial Service, Mr. Anthony Forson Jnr. on behalf of the Ghana Bar Association and Mr. Banahene Poku Sarkodee, son of the late Mr. Justice Fred Poku Sarkodee, on behalf of the bereaved families.

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