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General News of Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Army Captain lynching: Don’t retaliate – MP to GAF

The Member of Parliament for Upper Denkyira West, Samuel Nsowa-Djan, has called on the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Major General Obed Akwa to call some soldiers deployed to Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region to search for killers of Captain Maxwell A. Mahama, to order.

Captain Mahama was lynched by irate youth of the community on suspicion that he was an armed robber after a group of residents from whom he asked for directions during a Monday dawn jogging session spotted a pistol on him.

The community on Tuesday 30 May turned into a ghost town as residents fled from soldiers sent there to investigate the circumstances leading to the murder of their colleague. Reports said the soldiers were allegedly arresting and beating up residents.

Reacting to the development on 12Live on Class91.3FM, Mr Nsowa-Djan appealed to the soldiers to operate within the remit of the law. He was of the opinion that the situation could escalate if the youth of the town strike back at the soldiers.

Speaking to Jonas Ofori-Yeboah, the lawmaker, who disclosed he was on his way to his constituency to ascertain the facts for himself, said: “According to sources, over 30 people have been arrested including women but I can’t confirm it. But just now, I’ve been told that a lame man has been arrested and molested and when a situation of this nature happens, it is also going to lead to another problem.

“What the community did is very bad and I condemn it, but the way the military is also taking the issue I think it’s a whole lot. The community I’m told is now virtually empty. They have fled to the neighbouring communities and their farms and other places. So I’m appealing to the military, the Minister of Defence, and Chief of Defence Staff to call his people to order because if the people are to retaliate, the end result will be very bad.”