A military officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central region has been lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber.
Captain Maxwell Mahama who is commander of a military detachment in the area according to his subordinates, on Monday dawn was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, they saw the pistol on him.
According to them, he was not dressed in military uniform and because of recent spate of armed robbery in the town after residents were attacked a day earlier, the women called the Assembly man who organized the youth of the town to lynch him.
Several pleas by the security officer to the effect that he was not a criminal yielded no result as the angry residents kept hitting him life threatening objects including cement blocks until he died.
News of his death was later conveyed to his subordinates who visited the scene to ascertain things for themselves.
The body has since been conveyed to a health facility in the area but for fear of being attacked by the soldiers who may avenge his death, the youth have started fleeing the town realizing that the deceased was not a criminal as they thought.
Police in the area have confirmed the incident to mynewsgh and disclosed that investigations have commenced to apprehend those behind the act.
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