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General News of Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Assemblyman allegedly behind Capt. Mahama’s killing arrested

The Assembly member in Denkyira-Obuasi reportedly linked to the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama is in police custody.

The assembly member, William Baah, reportedly turned himself in to the police in the Diaso area, near Denkyira-Obuasi, on Wednesday afternoon, and is being transported to the Central Region Police Command. Five persons suspected to have taken part in the killing are also in the Central Regional Police after being picked up on Tuesday.

One of the five suspects sustained a gunshot wound during the lynching that resulted in the Army officer’s death, and is receiving treatment.

The five suspects have been identified as Bismark Donkor, Phillip Badu, Kofi Nyame, Anthony Amoah and Kofi Badu. Captain Mahama was armed at the time and fired off at least a shot during a struggle before being killed by his attackers on Monday morning.

The other four suspects are being held at the Bakaano Police station in Cape Coast. Capt. Mahama was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion and was said to have been on his daily jogging routine on Monday when he was lynched.

He had been deployed there as part of an anti-illegal mining operation. The residents claimed Captain Mahama was a robber as he was in civilian clothing at the time, and with a gun.

Police urges ‘guilty’ to surrender

The police in a later statement confirming William Baah’s arrest said: “the Inspector General of Police assures the public that police will employ all means possible to uncover circumstances leading to the murder and those behind it.”

The police also expressed confidence in its ability to probe the murder and warned “all persons who played roles in the murder to surrender to the nearest Police Station.”

“To this end, the Police Administration reassures the public that it is in constant collaboration with the military high command towards successful investigations of the murder of Captain Mahama. Progress on the case would be made available to the media and the public whenever necessary.”