HC Deb 26 February 1885 vol 294 cc1414-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether there is any truth in the report that the natives have revolted at Quittah, on the Gold Coast, and that the Governor was severely wounded; and, whether he can state to the House what has occurred there?


The report to which my hon. Friend refers has only appeared in German newspapers, and conveys a very exaggerated view of the matter. There has been nothing more than a very serious police affray. On the 17th of January a party of Houssa police, under the command of District Commissioner Campbell, were attacked some little distance from Quittah by a body of the Awoonah tribe. One of their Chiefs was being taken away by the police on account of his action on the previous day in heading a body of these same Natives who had stopped a smaller body of police who were escorting a prisoner to Accra. The Houssas had to use their arms in self-defence, and the District Commissioner was badly wounded.