The Unsung Hero: Supt. Salifu Dagarti



Superintendent Salifu Dagarti was born on July 1931. He hails from Dagaaba in the Northern Region of Ghana, West Africa. He had two children namely, Aisha salifu Dagarti and Isah salifu Dagarti.

He was recruited into the Ghana Police Service at an early age of 17 years old. He rose through the ranks of the service with hard work and determination to the rank of Police Superintendent. His dedication and hard work earned him the opportunity to serve the first gentleman of the country, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

He met his untimely death in the line of duty; On Thursday the 2nd of January, 1964. He saved the life of a master, he considered worthy of living, losing his precious life in the process.

In playing his role as the President’s bodyguard, the least expected happened, yet, he stood up tall and delivered on his role as a service personnel and on the oath he had sworn to protect the life and properties of all citizens of Ghana at the expense of his own.

Superintendent Salifu Dagarti courageously stood in the way of a bullet targeted at Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the then President of Ghana, in an assassination attempt on him by Police Constable Seth Ametewee in the Flagstaff House Accra, Ghana.

He died on the spot but he died a hero. He was given a befitting nationnal burial, deservingly as a service personnel.

References: Ghana Museum


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