By: MyKuulFMonline| May 30, 2017
A high powered military delegation led by the Chief of Army staff, Major Gen. William Azure Ayamdo has been dispatched to the Upper Denkyira West district of the Central region, following the lynching of a military captain in the area.
The team is expected to unravel circumstances leading to the killing of Captain Maxwell Mahama, by some residents of Diaso on suspicion of being an armed robber.
Captain Mahama, an officer with the 5th Infantry Batallion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra, was the commander of military detachment on special duty at the Denkyira Boase of the Central region.
According his subordinates, the captain on Monday morning went jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, the women saw a pistol on him.
The women who were alarmed by the discovery of the pistol on Captain Mahama mistook him for an armed robber thereby alerting their assembly member who allegedly organised some men to lynch him and even burnt him in the process
The women’s action is said to have been influenced by recent robbery attacks in the area with a recent one been a day before as the people in the mining town have been subjected to some serious robbery attacks.
The military officer was not in uniform when the incident happened as he is even said to have pleaded to the mob not lynch him indicating that he was an army officer and not a criminal but his plea was not taken by the mob who hit him with several objects including cement blocks .
News of his death was later conveyed to his subordinates who visited the scene to ascertain things for themselves. The body of the deceased has since been conveyed to a health facility in the area.
Meanwhile, the youth in the area are reportedly fleeing the town, which is noted for illegal mining (galamsey) on realizing that the deceased was not a criminal as they thought.
The Military high command has however called for restraint among the officers on the ground as the police investigate the incident.
Source: MyKuulFMonline.com/additional file from StarrFMonline