Ghana:  Suspicious residents killed soldier mistook for armed robber

Authorities in Ghana are investigating the circumstances that lead to the lynching of an officer of the Ghanaian military by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber and stoned to death.

militaryThe incident happened at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central region.

Thirty-Five (35) Men and Two Officers have been dispatched to the community where the incident happened, Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul told Kojo Yankson on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Tuesday.

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

Sources said Captain Mahama was jogging along the main road when he stopped by to ask some women for direction.

The women were said to have panicked at the discovery of a pistol on him and alerted their assembly member who allegedly organised some men to lynch him and even burnt him in the process

According to reports, people in the mining town have been subjected to some serious robbery attacks and that the women acted out of fear and suspicion with a recent robbery attack happening a day before the soldier was lynched.

Reports say the military officer was not in uniform when the incident happened and that he pleaded with the mob and identified himself.

 

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