The Denkyira Boase town in the Central
region has become a ghost town
following the ghastly lynching of an army officer there.

According to the Central regional
correspondent, Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour
“most of the young people have fled”
because they suspect that there will be
retaliatory attacks from the military.
Residents of the Denkyira Boase at the
behest of their Assembly member on
Tuesday assaulted Captain Maxwell
Mahama on suspicion of being a robber.
He was a military officer with the 5
Infantry Batallion (5BN) at Burma Camp
in Accra.

Captain Mahama who is the commander
of the area military detachment,
according to his subordinates, was seen
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 after
spotting the pistol mistook him for an
armed robber thereby alerting their
assembly member who allegedly organised some men to lynch him after
which they burnt the body.

The women’s action is said to have been
influenced by recent robbery attacks in
the area with a recent one being a day
before, as residents in the mining town
have been subjected to some robbery
attacks.

The military officer who was not in
uniform when the incident happened is
said to have pleaded with the mob not
to lynch him indicating 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.

The Public Relations officer of the Ghana Armed Forces Colonel Aggrey Quashie said that a fact-finding delegation has been sent to the area led by the Chief of Army Staff to ascertain circumstances leading to the heinous murder of captain Mahama.

Describing captain Mahama as a
promising young officer, he assured that
the military will not carry out any
retaliatory attacks.
He said “that will be the last thing that somebody will want to think of at this time.

This is not the time for those things,” adding, “the most important thing is trying to apprehend the people who did that unfortunate things. And so we have to do all that we can to let the law work.”

Source Starr