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Samuel Azu Crabbe

Samuel Azu Crabbe

Samuel Azu Crabbe was a Ghanaian barrister, solicitor and jurist. He was the fifth Chief Justice of Ghana since it became an independent nation

05July
1939
Early life and Education
05 July 1939

Early life and Education

James Town, a neighborhood in Ghana's capital Accra, is where Samuel Azu Crabbe was born.He attended Achimota College after finishing his secondary education at Accra Academy, where he served as head boy in 1939.After that, he continued on to University College London, where he earned his law degree in 1946. In 1948, he was admitted to the English Bar at Middle Temple. He participated in sports heavily while a student and captained a number of junior and collegiate football, hockey, and cricket teams.

05July
1961
Barrister and solicitor
05 July 1961

Barrister and solicitor

Following his education in the UK, Samuel Azu Crabbe went to Ghana where, starting in 1950, he worked as a barrister and solicitor. He was appointed to the High Court of Ghana in 1959 and the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1961.

05July
1967
National Liberation Council
05 July 1967

National Liberation Council

When the National Liberation Council ruled after overthrowing the Nkrumah administration, he served as the board's chairman.

06July
1977
06 July 1977

Honours

In 1977, he was awarded Companion of the Order of the Volta for his service to Ghana

11July
1979
SIB 1979
11 July 1979

SIB 1979

On June 30, 1982, three judges and a retired army officer were kidnapped from their houses under the reign of Jerry Rawlings' Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC). On July 3, 1982, their remains were discovered at the Bundase Military Range, 50 kilometers outside Accra. They'd been killed. During the administration of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), which was also led by Jerry Rawlings in 1979, all four had made decisions regarding situations in which they had authorized the release of individuals who had been given lengthy jail sentences. A Special Investigation Board (SIB) was established to look into the murders after the PNDC government was subjected to significant pressure. Azu Samuel Crabbe was chosen to lead the SIB.

11July
1979
11 July 1979

Sports

Azu Crabbe kept up his participation in sports after he finished school. From 1968 to 1969, he served as the Ghana National Olympic Committee's president. In 1979, he was chosen to hold the same office once more.

29June
2005
Death
29 June 2005

Death

Samuel Azu Crabbe died on 15 September 2005 at Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana

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