President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has posthumously promoted Late Maxwell Mahama from a Captain to a Major. President Nana Addo made this disclosure during a condolence visit to Late Maxwell Mahama’s family on Monday, 5th June, 2017, as they observed a week of the military man’s painful passing.
The President’s action was prompted by a recommendation from the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. O.B. Akwa, who requested that the slain Captain be promoted to a Major, as he was due for that rank before his tragic and untimely death.
In addition to the promotion, Nana Addo promised that a monument will be erected in honour of the army officer in accordance with an earlier request by the family of the deceased, who believes that the monument would serve as a constant souvenir of the tragedy, as well as a deterrent to the menace of mob justice in Ghana.
The President also announced an Education Trust Fund for the late soldier’s children, which will be set up with an initial deposit of GH¢500,000. According to him, the fund is specifically meant for the upkeep of the deceased wife and two children.
Nana Addo also pledged a personal donation of GH¢50,000 to the fund, indicating that Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, and former government statistician, Grace Bediako will serve as some of the trustees to the fund.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Minister for Defense Dominic Nitiwul, National Security Minister Kan Dapaah and Trade Minister Alan Kyeremanten during the visit to Late Maxwell Mahama’s family.
Burial of the army officer who was brutally lynched by an a savage mob in Denkyira-Obuasi town of Diaso, in the Central Region, on Monday, 29th May, 2017, has been fixed for Friday, 9th June, 2017. According to the president who described the slain soldier as a “national hero”, he will be given a state burial at the Military Cemetery in Accra.
The young and innocent soldier who was deployed to the area to fight illegal mining was attacked, disarmed, beaten, stoned to death and burnt by the ruthless Diaso savages who claimed to have mistaken him for an armed robber. Click here to get all the details on the incident.
Despite this incredible claim, subsequent reports are pointing to the perception that the killing was an act of conspiracy masterminded by an assembly man and illegal miners whose activities were being threatened by the presence of the soldier. According to close sources, the killers were well aware that their victim was a soldier, but went ahead to execute their vicious mission; only to turn around and claim that they mistook him for a robber.
Meanwhile, investigations so far have seen to the arrest of 42 suspects, with 41 of them already charged to court as well as remanded in custody.