Soldiers of the Ghana Armed Forces are being overwhelmed with temptations to take up cause as avenging angels as details about the dastardly lynching of a comrade-in-arms emerge.
A team of 37 soldiers dispatched by the army high command to Diaso to investigate the mob murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama is said to be discovering revulsive details of his murder in a painstaking investigation.
Contrary to the official narrative by the Assembly man for Diaso, that the late captain had been killed for his intemperance, while under suspicion of being an armed robber, the late soldier is said to have been killed for a galamsey-related reason.
The emerging evidence is said to be gradually tightening the noose around the Diaso Assemblyman who is believed to be a galamseyer with enough motive to murder the late soldier.
So far, William Baah, the Diaso Assemblyman, has in an official statement to the Central Regional police, suspiciously watered down the official narrative that the lynching of the late Capt. Mahama was only a misfortune of mistaken identity as he has claimed that the murdered soldier had also threatened him with a gun.
Mr. Baah’s claim runs contrary to blossoming evidence that he may have organized youth of the area to lynch the soldier in the cause of resistance against soldiers who have been stationed there to fight illegal mining as part of the government’s clampdown on galamsey.
The late Capt. Maxwell Mahama was the commander of an anti-galamsey military detachment for the area, where many illegal miners, including the Assemblyman for Diaso, are said to own mining concessions.
On Monday, this week, news broke of the Captain’s lynching at Denkyira Boase with the mobsters behind the lynching said to have been led by the Assemblyman for Diaso, William Baah.
The late captain had been stoned and later set ablaze by the mob with pictures of the incident widely circulated on social media.
Later, after the lynching, it was reported that the victim had been found out to be the late Captain Maxwell Mahama of the 5th Infantry Batallion, and that he had been mistaken for an armed robber because a gun had been seen strapped on him.
As Ghanaians reacted with anger, and the Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, announced a dispatch if 37 soldiers to the area to investigate, it soon emerged that William Baah, the Assemblyman for Diaso, had given a slightly different version of the official narrative to the Central Regional police.
In an official statement, he is said to have narrated that at about 10 am on that fateful day, he had received distress calls from a foodstuff seller around the Denkyira-Obuase highway to the effect that a man wielding a gun and suspected to be an armed robber had been seen.
The Assemblyman is said to have stormed the place in the company of two other people, but when they got there the late soldier pointed his gun at him leading to him fleeing the area of the incident.
Later, according to the Assemblyman’s narrative, police went to the scene and discovered that the victim had been lynched.
Gory pictures of the lynching which are circulating on social media show that the soldier had been stripped naked before he was stoned to death.
As his lifeless body lay in a pool of blood, a female mobster is seen in one of the pictures setting the corpse ablaze.
The unsightly photos were disheartening enough and soon reports started floating around that the late Captain’s comrades-in-arm were storming the area in reprisal.
However, the Military high command had quickly moved to quell the snowballing public anger with a statement that announced the dispatch of a team to the area to investigate out the issue.
“A high powered fact finding team led by Chief of Army Staff, Major Gen Obed Akwa, is proceeding to the scene of the incident to ascertain the facts of the case, ” the statement said.
It is said that upon storming the area, the army men’s presence had frightened the people into hiding with many holed up in their homes under the fear that the army had come for vengeance.
However, spokesperson for the army, Col. Aggrey Quarshie, had reemphasized that the team was in Diaso to only investigate.
The cowering of the people is said to have constrained the investigative army team to go on a door-to-door ask-about. It is this ask-about that is said to have yielded pointers that the late Capt. Maxwell Mahama had been killed over galamsey.
As he was stationed there as a leader of an anti-galamsey detach, the late Captain was disliked, along with the rest of his team for enforcing the stoppage of illegal mining, which was said to be a popular source of employment for the people in the area.
William Baah, the Assemblyman for Diaso, who is said to be an illegal miner with a mining concession in the area, was said to have definitely known the late Captain as head of the anti- galamsey detachment that had stopped him and other illegal miners from continuing their galamsey operations.
It is therefore standing out like a sore thumb that the Assemblyman is adlibbing claims that the late soldier had been lynched mistakenly as an armed robber.
More so, Mr. William Baah has told the police that when he got to the scene to identify and question the late soldier on suspicions that he was an armed robber after a distress call had been placed to him, the late army Captain had threatened to shoot him.
The entanglement of the Diaso Assemblyman in the murder of the late captain Mahama has dangled huge question marks on his official narrative to the police.
At the same time, the unsightly photos of the murder of the late Mahama are causing serious anger among Ghanaian soldiers.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels