KABA’s allegation is misleading – GAF

Colonel Aggrey-Quashie

Colonel Aggrey-Quashie

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has described as misleading and unsubstantiated, claims made by broadcaster, Kwodwo Asare Baffour Acheampong (KABA) about the death of the late Major Maxwell Mahama.

KABA on Asempa FM on Monday, June 5, 2017, gave an account of circumstances leading to the gruesome murder of the soldier, which he claimed to have obtained from sources within the army.
He alleged, among others, that the late Major Mahama was initially deployed at Denkyira-Boase, from January to March 2017, and he was due to write his promotion examination and was, therefore, relieved by a Lieutenant.
But a statement signed by Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie, Director of Public Relations at the General Headquarters, Burma Camp, Accra, and copied to The Ghanaian Times said the allegation was false.

It stated that, the first time Major Mahama was deployed to the location was May 9, 2017; Major Mahama passed his promotion examination in June 2015, two years ago.

On the contrary, the statement said it was the Lieutenant who was writing his promotion examination in June 2017, for which reason Major Mahama was deployed on relieving duties.

“The issue of the four Warrant Officers who are facing disciplinary investigation is also unconnected with the current case and we advise that no attempt should be made to draw any linkages,” it stated.

The statement pointed out that investigations were still on-going and therefore it would be both prejudicial and insensitive to make wild, unsubstantiated comments at this stage.

“GAF wishes to advise media personnel to be mindful of their sources of information, especially during this period, in order not to misinform the public. They should pay due regard to the sensitivity of the deceased’s family in these trying moments,” it stated.

The GAF reiterated its readiness to clarify matters and set the records straight to media personnel to avert the publication and broadcast of misleading information, which had long term security implications.

The late Major Mahama (then Captain) was lynched by a mob in Denkyira-Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira District of the Central Region and burnt, after he was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber, while jogging on Monday, May 29, 2017.

The gruesome murder of the soldier shocked the whole nation following which many people in their attempts to unravel the circumstances that led to the action of the town folks had come up with their versions of what they claimed to be the truth.

At least 50 persons have so far been arrested in connection with the murder out of which some have been remanded in police custody.

By Times Reporter


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