The Denkyira Boase town in the Central region has become a ghost town following the ghastly lynching of an army officer there by residents, StarrFMonline.com has gathered.
According to Starr News’ Central regional correspondent, Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour “most of the young people have fled” because they suspect that there will be retaliatory attacks from the military.
Residents of the Denkyira Boase at the behest of their Assembly member on Tuesday assaulted Captain Maxwell Mahama on suspicion of being a robber.
He was a military officer with the 5th Infantry Batallion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra.
Captain Mahama who is the commander of the area military detachment, according to his subordinates, 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 after spotting the pistol mistook him for an armed robber thereby alerting their assembly member who allegedly organised some men to lynch him after which they burnt the body.
The women’s action is said to have been influenced by recent robbery attacks in the area with a recent one been a day before, as residents in the mining town have been subjected to some robbery attacks.
The military officer who was not in uniform when the incident happened is said to have pleaded with the mob not to lynch him indicating he was an army officer and not a criminal, but his plea was not taken by the mob who hit him with several objects including cement blocks .
The Public Relations officer of the Ghana Armed Forces Colonel Aggrey Quashie said Tuesday on Morning Starr that a fact-finding delegation has been sent to the area led by the Chief of Army Staff to ascertain circumstances leading to the heinous murder of captain Mahama.
Describing captain Mahama as a promising young officer, he assured that the military will not carry out any retaliatory attacks.
“that will be the last thing that somebody will want to think of at this time. This is not the time for those things,” adding, “the most important thing is trying to apprehend the people who did that unfortunate things. And so we have to do all that we can to let the law work.”