The late Captain Maxwell Mahama, leader of the platoon detailed to a mining company at Denkyira-Obuasi, was about to be promoted to a ‘Major’ after he successfully sat his examinations a few weeks ago, Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has revealed.
According to Mr. Nitiwul, the murdered officer was posted to the area about three weeks ago to relieve the Commander of the military personnel who were guarding a local mining company. The Platoon Commander had come to Accra to sit for an examination.
Capt Maxwell Mahama of the 5 Battalion of Infantry was lynched by some youth while he went for his early morning jogging Monday morning. He was allegedly stoned and burnt by the youth of the area who mistook him for an armed robber.
“This is a very serious matter for us in the military…To lose just one single life is a very big thing to us and to lose one soldier is something that we take very seriously,” the Minister said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Tuesday, May 30.
Mr. Nitiwul said the officer in an attempt to defend his life, shot and wounded one person and is hopeful that the person if quizzed, can provide a good lead for investigators.
“What I can confirm to you is that he wounded somebody by shooting him in an attempt to defend himself,” he stressed.