It was May 29, 2017. The whole of Ghana woke up to news of the brutal murder of a military man.
The whole country went silent, with the ordinary Ghanaian constantly tuned to their radio and television sets to seek clarity, confirmation or otherwise of the matter.
Many had hoped that the story would turn out to be false; rather it soon became false hope as videos filtered in through the various social media platforms.
It was a sad day. So sad that many could not gather the courage to watch the videos of how the gruesome act was perpetrated.
The late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, according to multiple reports at the time, was going for his routine jogging exercise at dawn when he met his untimely death.
The then Captain had been on detachment duties, together with other colleagues, at Denkyira Obuasi, renamed New Denkyira, in the Eastern region.
However, he was mistaken for an armed robber after he was spotted by some youth of the town jogging whiles holding his gun and, without his military uniform.
The scene was terrible, mean and inhumane. Despite pleading for mercy, begging for his life and trying as hard as he can to explain the situation; it fell on deaf ears.
He was beaten, bruised, dropped, smacked, eventually killed and barbarically burnt.
It is a scene that is still very fresh in the minds of many Ghanaians as it struck a chord with the entire nation.
Today marks exactly a year since the Major Mahama passed on. But the aftermath of his death has been as slowly digestible as it has been eventful.
Two weeks after his demise, the Government of Ghana afforded him a State Burial, held at the forecourt of the State House, as thousands trooped to pay their last respect to the slain soldier.
As a man who left behind a lovely wife a two adorable kids, the Government went ahead to make sure that his family was also well sorted.
President Akufo-Addo, in a bid to lend his support, announced the setting up of a memorial Trust Fund with a seed of GHc500,000 to support the education of the late soldier’s children.
The goodwill was aplenty, but so was the law enforcement agencies also tasked to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.
Within a month of his demise, the Police apprehended over 10 suspends, with the number increasing to 42 in subsequent months.
Although all the suspects have since been provisionally charged with two counts of murder, contrary to section 46 of the criminal code and other offences act of 1960, Act 29, most of them have since been granted bail.
As we mark a year since the demise of the soldier, his family is set to hold a one-year memorial service in his honour.
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The programmes lined up to commemorate the day include church service St. Catherine Catholic Church at Burma Camp, a wreath laying at the cemetery where he was buried, followed by a non-denominational memory service on June 3.
The events leading to Major Mahama’s death have been condemned across board and many Ghanaians have struck a chord with his memory.
As he is being remembered today, so shall it be year after year.
May he continue to rest in peace.
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