5 expected in court over Captain Mahama’s murder

The five suspects arrested in connection with the gruesome lynching of Captain Maxwell Mahama of the Fifth Battalion of Infantry at Denkyira Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region, are expected to be arraigned before the Cape Coast Court today.


One of the suspects, whose name was not given, and who sustained gunshot wounds, was expected to join the four suspects, currently in police custody at Cape Coast, by the close of yesterday, after treatment of his wounds.


The other four, who were moved to Cape Coast on Tuesday, are Kofi Name, 29, Kofi Badu, 45, Bismark Donkor, 30 and Philip Badu, 30.


The Central Regional Police Command, has, however, started interrogating the five suspects after they were arrested by a joint police and military team at Denkyira Obuasi.


This was after their statements were taken by the police administration yesterday.


The Central Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Oppong, told The Ghanaian Times that the police was still carrying out investigations in the town and said anybody found would not be shielded.

She said 25 additional police personnel were yesterday dispatched to Denkyira Obuasi, to help in investigations as well as the maintain law and order.


That, she said, brings to a total of 50 the number of personnel that had been dispatched to the town since the lynching of the army officer.


Meanwhile, the Central Regional Minister, Kwamina Duncan, yesterday condemned the act, when the Central Regional Commander, DCOP David Neenyi Ampah-Bennin briefed him on the situation.


He, however, commended the joint security taskforce for the manner they handled the situation, leading to the arrest of the suspects.


The Police Commander expressed the Central Regional Co-ordinating Council’s condolence to the bereaved family, the military and the entire nation.


Mr. Duncan stated that no perpetrator of such heinous crime would be shielded and urged the police administration to investigate the incident thoroughly in order to ensure that all perpetrators face the law.


Captain Adams Mahama was lynched by a mob at Denkyira Obuasi on Monday throwing the entire nation in a state of grief.


Not even his cry for clemency and shouting that “I am a soldier, not an armed robber” could deter the agitated crowd to actually heed to his plea.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast



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