Mahama sympathises with lynched soldier’s family

Former president John Mahama has expressed condolence to the family of the military officer ghastly killed by residents of the Denkyira Obuasi in the Central region.

The officer whose name has been given us Captain Maxwell Mahama was lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber.

The late Captain Mahama was a military officer with the 5th Infantry Batallion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at the Denkyira Obuasi of the Central region.

Captain Mahama, 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 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 and  said to have pleaded with the mob not to 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 .

In a Twitter post Tuesday, Mahama wrote: “My heart goes out to my brother, Capt. Chubby Adam Mahama (Rtd.) on the murder of his son, Capt. Maxwell Mahama.