It’s no longer fresh in the ears of most Ghanaians, that a military man, Captain Maxwell Mahama, was beaten and burnt to death after he was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber by residents of Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region. The barbaric incident which occurred on Monday, 29th May, 2017, has left the entire country in great shock, with diverse reactions pouring in from different angles.
The late Captain Mahama, he said is part of Operation Halt 2, an anti-Galamsey activity which is being undertaken by the military.
NDC Lays Blame on President
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is to blame for the gruesome murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama. In a condolence message signed by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the NDC accused President Akufo-Addo of failing to maintain the peace, as well as protect the lives of citizens since he assumed office.
“The NDC is laying blame of this heinous and callous lynching of Captain Mahama at the doorstep of President Akufo-Addo”, part of the statement reads.
Describing the incident as “highly unacceptable”, the NDC indicated that they will embark on a national protest if nothing is done to stop lawlessness in the country. They also called on the President to relinquish his position for another to take over if he does not have what’s t it takes to protect Ghanaians.
“If it is the case that President Akufo-Addo has come to the realisation that he is unable to manage the affairs of State, he should do the honourable thing and resign so we get a more Competent Leader to lead Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana.”
The party finally vowed to forever resist any form of oppressor rule in the country.
Late Mahama’s Family Speak
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, Captain Mahama’s uncle, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, lamented the gruesome murder of his nephew. Recounting the late soldier’s last words to a friend, Prof. McBagonluri said the deceased had disclosed how the area was discovered to be the epicentre of illegal mining, and that on their arrival, they realized that the galamseyers have actually moved their equipment further into the forest, making it very difficult for them to have access to them.
Prof. McBagonluri described his nephew’s love for military work. According to him, Adams who should be in his early 30s went into the army very young.
“This guy lives and breathes the army; he loves that flag. He always wanted to be a soldier…” he said.
Speaking further, the Prof. decried Mahama’s manner of death, saying that, “a man who decides to save his nation has to die in war, and not murdered by the very citizens that he swore an oath to protect and defend against both internal and external aggression. For him to die in this manner challenges my citizenship,” he added.
Captain Maxwell Mahama Allegedly Protecting Galamseyers
District Chief Executive of the Upper Denkyira West District, Daniel Appianing reacting to Captain Maxwell Mahama’s killing on Adom FM’s Morning Show on Tuesday, said the deceased was the leader of a military detachment dispatched to the community to protect some Chinese engaging in illegal mining (galamsey) in a forest reserve in the area.
He expressed shock at the statement of the military about the late captain as according to him, there is no military base or barracks in the area hosting the military detachment. According to him, the lynched officer was rather the head of a military detachment in the area which is protecting a group of Chinese nationals who are illegally mining gold in the Upper Wassa Forest.
The Chinese, he said despite having a license to prospect for gold in the forest are rather engaged in illegal mining and are heavily protected by the military who prevents residents of the community to enter the forest.
“There is a large number of military personnel protecting the Chinese that the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of it, in fact he is said to be the leader…am shocked they are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers…,” he said.
He further challenged persons who doubt his claim to contact the police and BNI commanders in his district for confirmation.
“He was the leader of the soldiers protecting the Chinese galamseyers, anyone can confirm it from the police hierarchy here, and the BNI as well…,” he further alleged.
President Nana Addo, Defence Minister Vow To bring Perpetrators to Book
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated emphatically that persons involved in the dastardly murder of a captain of the Ghana Armed Forces on national duties on Monday morning would not be spared. Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama was brutalised and burnt to death by a mob who claimed they mistook him for an armed robber when they saw him jogging with his pistol at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central region.
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, the President declared in a series of tweets.
In the same vein, Defense Minister Dominic Nitiwul has said his outfit will not rest until it establishes the full facts on the death of Captain Maxwell Mahama. Mr. Nitiwul in a statement copied to citifmonline.com, said “to lose a life is a very serious matter to us in the military.”
He however denied that the deceased was in the town to protect some illegal miners as claimed by the Daniel Appianing, the District Chief Executive of the area. Minister Nitiwul called on the said DCE to keep quiet and not to talk on the issue again as he is not acquainted with the facts, He also challenged him to present the said BNI reports which he claims to have to the District Security Committee (DISEC) for forwarding to Accra.
Mahama Mourns Late Captain
Former President John Dramani Mahama has sent across condolence messages to the family of Late Captain Maxwell Adams Mahama.
From the late soldier’s name, as well as the former president’s tweets, it appears that the slain captain is his relative. Addressing the late soldier’s father as his brother, former president Mahama extended his sympathy to the bereaved family
JJ Rawlings React
Former president Jerry John Rawlings has joined a host of prominent Ghanaians to comment on the brutal murder of Captain Maxwell mahama. The former head of state who was an ex-soldier, sent his sympathies to the bereaved family through a statement released by his office.
In the statement, the former president called on soldiers across the country to keep calm and desist from avenging their colleague’s death. He blam3d the absence of the rule of law, as well as weak response to crime, as the major causes of incidents such as this. He therefore appealed to the law courts and security agencies to act swiftly and effectively on occasions of crime in order to inspire confidence in the populace.
Meanwhile, investigations are still on to unravel all the details of the barbaric killing as well as to apprehend the culprits.