There is widespread outrage in Ghana following the mistaken lynching of a top official of the country’s armed forces.
Captain Maxwell Mahama was reportedly lynched at dawn on Monday when he went jogging in a town called Denkyira Obuasi located in the country’s Central region.
According to local media portals, residents in a town mistook the officer for an armed robber and subsequently stoned and burnt him. He was detailed by the army to the area to protect a local mine.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially spoken on the matter and given assurances that the death will not go unpunished.
My condolences to the family of Captain Maxwell Mahama on their tragic loss. (1/3)— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) May 30, 2017
I assure them that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the laws of our country. (2/3)— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) May 30, 2017
No one involved in his murder will go free. (3/3)— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) May 30, 2017
The immediate past President John Dramani Mahama also sent condolences to the family of the late Captain who was in line to be promoted to a Major.
“My heart goes out to my brother, Capt. Chubby Adam Mahama (Rtd.) on the murder of his son, Capt. Maxwell Mahama. #RestinPeaceMaxwell
“And my condolences to the wife of Capt. Maxwell Mahama, his young children & to his mother on the loss of her only son. #RestinPeaceMaxwell,” his tweets read.
Reigniting the “NO to instant justice campaign”
The death has sparked outrage in the country with various civil society groups condemning the killing and calling for perpetrators to be brought to justice.
The incident has rekindled the issue of security and the need to follow the law in dealing with suspects.
Ghanaians on social media continue talks about instant/mob justice and its demerits. Members of Parliament have also joined calls for speedy investigations into the incident.
Army storms town in search of killers
Meanwhile the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) whiles calling for calm among its rank and file has deployed men to the town to investigate the death.
Though such criminal investigations are in the hands of the police, the GAF said in a statement that the Army Chief was leading a fact-finding mission to the area.
“A high-powered fact-finding team led by the Chief of the Army Staff is proceeding to the scene of the incident to ascertain the facts of the case… In the meantime, our troops have been urged to remain calm whilst action is being taken to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book,” the statement read.
Meanwhile some residents are fleeing the town over fears of reprisal attacks by the army. A local council head – known as Assembly man – who is said to have instigated the attack is at large.
The local government head – the District Chief Executive – also told the media that rampaging soldiers had taken about 80 men hostage while women and children have been held up in a church in the town.
Captain Mahama's death is very unfortunate and unacceptable. Those found culpable should be disciplined #CitiCBS— Zoe Abu-Baidoo (@ZBaidoo) May 30, 2017
#JoySMS Stop sharing images of Captain Mahama it's a very difficult time for the family— Jojo Ampadu (@jojo_ampadu) May 30, 2017
So called men of Diaso lined up. After today no civilian should dare even shout at a man in uniform.— The Sultan Abu 👳🏾 (@real_Sultan_Abu) May 30, 2017
RIP Captain Mahama pic.twitter.com/opkaIqhS4U