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General News of Monday, 5 June 2017


Nana Addo promotes Captain Mahama; pledges statue for him

A monument will be erected in honour of Major Adam Maxwell Mahama, who was murdered at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.

President Akufo Addo, who made the announcement when he paid a visit to the family of the deceased, also announced other packages for Adam Mahama’s family, including a 500,000 Education Trust Fund for his children’s education.

The President, who doubles as the Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, also promoted Adam Mahama from Captain to Major posthumously. He would also be given a state burial.

Adam Mahama’s family had earlier requested that a monument be erected to honour the army officer when the leadership of Parliament paid a courtesy call.

The family expressed the hope that this monument would serve as a reminder of the tragedy and a deterrent to the canker of mob justice in Ghana.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defense Staff has revealed that the Ghana Armed Forces has completed investigations into the death of the army officer.

He indicated that the report on his death will soon be forwarded to the Defence Minister for the appropriate decision to be taken.

“We have already submitted the report to the Ministry. In addition, we have disseminated vital information on this very unfortunate incident to all ranks of the Armed Forces.”

Briefing the President on the decisions taken so far by the Ghana Armed Forces since Adam Mahama’s death, Major General Obed Akwa said: “In the first place, a team was dispatched to the incident area where the Chief of Army staff was in charge. They went to examine the circumstances surrounding this sordid act…”

“We have appointed a liaison officer who on daily basis liaised with the family to find out critical needs and how it can be addressed. The President has already dispatched a high-powered delegation,” he added.

Major Mahama was lynched by some residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Upper West Denkyira District of the Central Region, when he was allegedly mistaken for a robber.

So far, some forty one persons have been remanded for their suspected roles in the gruesome act. The family has announced that his burial will take place on Friday, June 9, 2017.