HC Deb 22 October 1953 vol 518 c304W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement regarding the shooting by Gold Coast police of two men from British Togoland when crossing into French Togoland on 29th January, 1953.

Mr. Lyttelton

While patrolling a part of the Southern Togoland Frontier on 29th January last, two Gold Coast Preventive Officers met a party of 40 to 50 armed men carrying loads suspected to contain coffee, the export of which is prohibited except with the authority of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Board. When challenged the party fired on and attacked the officers who returned the fire wounding two men before they were forced to retreat. Only these wounded men, who were traced in hospital could be identified and police inquiries into the incident were finally closed owing to lack of evidence.

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