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Police Arrests Five for Brutal Murder of Ghanaian Soldier “Mistaken” for an Armed Robber



Captain Maxwell Mahama

A Ghanaian soldier Captain Maxwell Mahama was on Monday morning lynched by some residents of Denkyira Boase, a community in the Upper Denkyira West District who mistook him for an armed robber.

Mahama, who was carrying out his daily jogging routine and not on uniform, was killed after some women saw him with his pistol and alerted the community head, who allegedly mobilised youths to burn him to death.

Citi News reports that the some armed robbers had attacked some residents the previous day, hence they proceeded to kill the captain having spotted a gun on him.

The Central Regional Police Command has arrested five suspects in relation to the murder, the Central Regional Minister Kwamena Duncan said.

“We went there and got to know of the full circumstances surrounding the incident… A number of them were arrested but they did screenings to zone in the ones that were likely to have been connected to the incident. They have now been brought to the regional police command. Five of them after the screening have been brought to the regional police command in Cape Coast for further investigation, and when a good case is built, it will be referred to the Attorney General’s department for the necessary legal advice,” Duncan stated.

However, one Daniel Appianing, the Upper Denkyira West District Chief Executive, has alleged that the army captain was part of a detachment that protected Chinese illegal small scale miners.

“There’s a large number of military personnel protecting Chinese that the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of. In fact, he said to be the leader … I’m shocked thy are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers (Gold mine workers),” Appianing said.

Ghana’s Armed Forces has confirmed the death and have launched an investigation to uncover the facts.

In a condolence message, Ghana’s president Nana Addo Akufo-Addo said: “My condolences to the family of Captain Maxwell Mahama on their tragic loss. I assure them that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the laws of our country. No one involved in his murder will go free.”

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  1. Bennie

    May 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Hmmmmmmmm! Africa my africa, God help us o

  2. Lailatu

    May 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This is heartbreaking, aluu 5 comes to mind. I hope the perpetrators are dealt with.

  3. missappleberry

    May 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Such a fine man…

  4. curious

    May 31, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Since we are so intolerant of “robbers” …how come we don’t burn politicians? Rather we hail them and sing their titles!
    What would they tell the child about how the father died?
    How do you explain this to his wife?

  5. sybssie

    May 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    This is such an appalling incident. I was heartbroken the whole of yesterday and today as well. How can human beings be so wicked and heartless to another. Captain Maxwell had a promising life ahead of him but these barbarians just cut short his life. My heart goes out to his wife and sons and his family. May God comfort their grieving hearts. The wicked shall know no peace!

  6. survivor

    May 31, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Lucky it’s not in my dear country.. Humnn,,,A Captain for that matter!

    • Ik

      June 1, 2017 at 4:37 am

      Trust Naija military,

  7. Bee

    May 31, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Ooh this is so painful. May God almighty grant his family the fort étude to bear d loss of their son..may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amen…

  8. Ik

    June 1, 2017 at 4:36 am

    They are lucky it is not in Nigeria, those idiots would have felt the full strength of the military. A captain for that matter, God help you all.

  9. splendo

    June 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    when will Africans stop jungle justice?

  10. Babe

    June 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Jungle Justice!!! People should allow the law take its course. This part about the soldier being part of a detachment that protected Chinese illegal small scale miners is pissing me off even more. Even if it were true, is that sufficient excuse for murder? Lame excuse…..
    What trauma the poor man must have gone through. May his soul rest in peace. May his killers face the justice they deserve.

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