The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) was the government of Ghana from June 4, 1979 to September 24, 1979. It came to power in a bloody coup t...
The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) was the government of Ghana from June 4, 1979 to September 24, 1979. It came to power in a bloody coup that removed the Supreme Military Council, another military regime, from power. The June 4 coup was preceded by an abortive attempt on May 15, 1979 when Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings and other ranks were arrested. Their trial only served to make them popular till they were eventually released on the morning of June 4 by young officers and noncommissioned officers inspired by Rawlings.
The regime started a 'House cleaning' exercise against corruption. Three former military leaders of Ghana, Lt. Gen. Afrifa, Gen. Acheampong and Lt. Gen. Akuffo were all executed together with five other senior officers deemed to have been corrupt by the special courts set up by the government.
The AFRC allowed already scheduled elections to go ahead and handed over to the duly elected Dr. Hilla Limann of the People's National Party who became the only president of the Third Republic of Ghana.
The AFRC consisted of 15 members:
Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings - Chairman
Captain Kojo Boakye Gyan - Official Spokesman
Major Mensah Gbedemah
Lieutenant Commander HC Apaloo
Captain Kwabena Baah Achamfuor
Warrant Officer (II) Harry K. Obeng
Staff Sargent Alex Adjei
Corporal Owusu Boateng
Leading Aircraftman John N. Gatsiko
Lance Corporal Peter Tasiri
Lance Corporal Ansah Atiemo
Lance Corporal Sarkodee-Addo
Corporal Sheikh Tetteh
Private Owusu Adu
Lieutenant Commander HC Apaloo died in a road traffic accident before the end of AFRC rule.[