University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, has said it has learnt with regret the death of Ghanaian soldier, Captain Maxwell Mahama, who was lynched by a community that mistook him for a robber.
The school in a post on its website said “we have learnt, with great regret, of the death of Maxwell Mahama, a Captain in the Ghanaian Army.”
The school said Capt. Mahama was a “distance learning student in the Department of Criminology reading for the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Security and Risk Management.”
The post added that, “He had enrolled on the degree in 2015 and was due to graduate at this summer’s degree ceremonies.”
Capt. Mahama was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, and was said to be on his daily jogging routine on Monday, when he was lynched by some residents of Denkyira Obuasi.
He had been deployed there as part of an anti-illegal mining operation. The residents claimed Captain Mahama was a robber as he was in mufti at the time, and had a weapon on him.
Seven persons have so far been put on trial for their alleged roles in the murder. The incident has shocked Ghanaians and has angered army personnel who almost vented their spleen on the community members. The incident has been condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians, and the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has vowed to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are punished.
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