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General News of Thursday, 1 June 2017


Military to hold officers durbar over Mahama’s murder

The Military High Command is expected to hold a crunch meeting with all its officers following the murder of a Captain in the Central region.

Captain Maxwell Mahama was lynched and burnt by an irate mob at Denkyira-Obuasi after he was mistaken for an armed robber.

So far, seven people have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of the military captain.

Acting Chief of Defense Staff Major General Obed Akwa told the media the meeting will urge officers to remain calm and not retaliate the murder of their colleague.

“Nobody involved in this act will escape justice; so that is the assurance I will like to give. I will be meeting all ranks in Burma Camp for an all-around durbar. It is our intention to proceed to Takoradi to meet all ranks of that garrison to convey similar sentiments,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday commiserated with the family of the deceased captain.

He also pledged the state’s support for the funeral and the welfare of the late Captain’s family.


The late Captain was murdered in cold blood at Denkyira Obuasi on Monday, May 29, 2017.

He was with the 5 Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp, Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Obuasi where he was lynched and burnt to death in an alleged case of mistaken identity.

According to his subordinates, he was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, the women saw a pistol on him.

The women who were alarmed by the discovery of the pistol on Captain Mahama mistook him for an armed robber thereby alerting their assembly member who allegedly organised some men to lynch him and even burnt him in the process.