Soldier lynched at Boase on suspicion of being an armed robber

A military officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central region has been lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber.

Captain Maxwell Mahama who is commander of a military detachment in the area according to his subordinates, on Monday dawn was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, they saw the pistol on him.

According to them, he was not dressed in military uniform and because of recent spate of armed robbery in the town after residents were attacked a day earlier, the women called the Assembly man who organized the youth of the town to lynch him.

Several pleas by the security officer to the effect that he was not a criminal yielded no result as the angry residents kept hitting him life threatening object including cement blocks until he died.

News of his death was later conveyed to his subordinates who visited the scene to ascertain things for themselves.

The body has since been conveyed to a health facility in the area but for fear of being attacked by the soldiers who may  avenge his death, the youth have started fleeing the town realizing that the deceased was not a criminal as they thought.

Police in the area have confirmed the incident to mynewsgh.com and disclosed that investigations have commenced to apprehend those behind the act.

The deceased military officer had just finished writing a promotion exam awaiting his elevation to a rank of a Major.

Meanwhile kinsmen of murdered soldier in Bole are demanding justice for his death.

Some aggrieved residents of Bole in the Northern region have threatened to hit the streets in protest to demand justice for the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama who is a native of the area.

The demonstration is which being organised by a youth group and supported by Bole-based Nkilgi FM is to compel authorities to apprehend the culprits and bring them to book

According to them, Captain Maxwell Mahama’s father Captain Chubby Mahama (retired)a  very popular resident  at Bole and also a fine soldier is  generous ever since he relocated to his hometown of Bole.

“Captain Maxwell frequents Bole for funerals and other social activities”, residents revealed.

Captain Maxwell Mahama who is commander of a military detachment in the area according to his subordinates, on Monday  morning was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, they saw the pistol on him.

According to them, he was not dressed in military uniform and because of recent spate of armed robbery in the town after residents were attacked a day earlier, the women called the Assembly man who organized the youth of the town to lynch him.

Several pleas by the security officer to the effect that he was not a criminal yielded no result as the angry residents kept hitting him life threatening object including cement blocks until he died.

The body has since been deposited at the Dunkwa Government Hospital pending autopsy.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the area. 

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Upper Denkyira West District Daniel Appianin has told Citi News that a team of military men have invaded Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region beating up residents in the area.

According to the DCE, the military men had taken hostage of about 80 men while women and children have been camped in a church in the town.

This follows the killing of one Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama in the area on Monday. The residents allegedly claimed Captain Mahama, who at the time was not in military uniform, was a robber and thus lynched and burnt him at Diaso, a small town in Denkyira-Obuasi. Although the military said it has deployed it’s men to investigate the issue, some of its officers according to the DCE are currently brutalizing the residents. “I was at the scene, they’ve arrested a lot of men, they’ve beaten a number of them, they’ve camped women and children in a church. What happened when the robbery happened? Didn’t we realize that we need to bring security to come and protect the people?  One person is dead and it is bringing the entire military to the place. This is the country we are living in.” He added that “I’ve seen it myself, at least I saw about 80 men lined up on the floor.

The women and children have been camped in a church. The military people were saying that unless they get their gun, they are not living them. I spoke to their commander; I went there with my district police commander, BNI and other security operatives in the district. The security men are saying they will only leave when they retrieve their gun.” He further lamented that the issue is causing heightened tension in the town saying “the area is almost empty.” Mahama was deployed to fight galamsey – Uncle The late Mahama’s uncle, Fred McBagonluri on the Citi Breakfast Show said his nephew was part of a security team deployed to the town to fight illegal mining. “He told us that there was some galamsey activities happening in the area which is like the epiccentre of this criminal enterprise and that their arrival they realized that the perpetrators of this trade have actually moved their equipment further into the forest. And now it was really difficult for them to really get access to them.

They can hear machines operating but far inside the forest. These were his last words to a friend of mine,” he added. 

Source: mynewsgh.com with additional files from newsghana.com.gh and citifmonline.com