Major Mahama Murder… Police have picked up a snail seller who allegedly gave a false alarm that led to the lynching of the army officer. The snail seller alongside seven other suspects was arraigned last Friday. The arrest of the eight has brought the number of suspects picked up by the police in connection with the gruesome murder to 52. They have all been remanded in prison custody.
The snail seller, whose name was given as Akosua Takyiwaa, aka Maame Bono, is said to have raised the false alarm by calling the Assembly Member for the Denkyira Obuasi, who mobilised people to allegedly kill the soldier.
Late Major Mahama who was deployed to Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region, to fight illegal mining was brutally beaten, stoned to death and burnt by residents of Diaso town who mistook him for an armed robber. [See Full Story]
According to earlier reports, Mahama was tagged an armed robber, when a gun was spotted on him by some women in the area after he stopped to inquire for directions -hence his lynching.
Following intense investigations, Akosua Takyiwaa was identified as the woman who raised the false alarm that led to the Major Mahama Murder. According to the Police, Major Mahama had stopped to buy snails from her, paid for them and told her he would return for the snails on his way back from a routine walk.
But the woman, on seeing Captain Mahama’s sidearm while he was taking out money to pay her, called the assembly member and informed him about what she had seen. The assemblyman subsequently mobilised some youths who carried out the gruesome attack. Reports also have it that the assemblyman did not check the authenticity of the claim made by the snail seller before making his move.
Late Mahama who was married with two kids, was given a state burial on June 9, 2017, at the Forecourt of the State House in Accra. A thanksgiving service was held at Light House Chapel International, Quodesh, North Kaneshie Accra on Sunday 11th June 2017. His final funeral rites will be held at Bole, from 13th to 15th June 2017 and Timu, from 16th to 18th June 2017.