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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 20 September 2017


One more suspect arrested over Major Mahama's death

The police have arrested one more person suspected to have played a role in the murder of Major Maxwell Adams Mahama.

The accused, Bismarck Abanga was arrested on September 14 and was handed over to the police on September 17, 2017.

He was reportedly arrested at Denkyira Obuasi when he went back to the village three months after the incident.

Appearing before trial magistrate Joshua Caleb Abaidoo, the plea of the accused was not taken and was remand into police custody until September 25.


This brings to 22– including a woman – the number of persons charged over the gruesome murder of the 5 Battalion of Infantry Soldier on May 29, 2017.

They have been provisionally charged with conspiracy to murder and murder.

Major Mahama was the commander of a military detachment stationed at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region to check the activities of illegal miners (galamseyers).

He was lynched by a mob who took him for an armed robber.

On Remand

Other accused persons on remand are William Baah aka Misky, teacher/assemblyman; Yaw Annor aka Agbahowa, mason; Akwasi Baah aka Baya, farmer; Kwame Tuffour aka Asowonan, driver; Akwasi Asante, farmer; Joseph Appiah Kubi aka Kum Dede, driver; Kwadwo Animah, mason; Philip Badu, prisons assistant; Kofi Nyame aka Abortion, farmer and Michel Anim aka Nana Anim.

The others are Bernard Asamoah aka Daddy, drivers’ apprentice; Ebenezer Appiah aka Akwesi Adjei; Charles Quainin aka Kwesi Boah, vulcanizer; Anthony Amoah aka Kwaku Manu/Amis, okada operator; Bismark Donkor aka Dada, farmer; Kwame Agyei, farmer; Solomon Sackey, carpenter; John Bosie aka Abodie, driver’s apprentice and Vivian Sahene aka Mafia, unemployed.


The police are currently on the heels of Yaw Amakwah, Kwabena Kenkeba, Tikwa, Yaw Boadu, Fuseni, Madam Deedikor, Eric Asante aka Yaw Agade, Nana Kwadjo aka Naa Ajo, Kweku Diesel, Kofi Ahenkora, Solo, Rasta and Wiser.