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General News of Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Source: classfmonline.com

Mahama lynching: Soldiers molesting cripples – MP

The Member of Parliament for Upper Denkyira West, Samuel Nsowa-Djan, is unhappy with the way the military has handled the death of Captain Maxwell A. Mahama as he alleges that even the lame are being maltreated by the military in their quest to fish out the killers of the late soldier.

Mr Nsowa-Djan has, therefore, called on the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Major General Obed Akwa to call the soldiers deployed to Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region to search for killers of Captain Mahama to order.

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.

Speaking to Class News, Mr Nsowa-Djan 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.”

Meanwhile, five out of over 80 people rounded up in connection with the instant justice meted out to the soldier have been detained to assist the police with further investigations.

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.