Major Mahama’s gun scared me – Witness speaks in court

Major Mahama’s gun scared me – Witness speaks in court

- A witness in the Major Mahama case has a given full account in court on how the army officer was killed in Denkyira-Obuasi

- The farmer told Accra High Court he offered to help the late Major Mahama but the officer was holding a gun

The first witness in the ongoing trial of the late Major Mahama, Kwame Adjei, has broken his silence on how the army officer was murdered in Denkyira-Obuasi while on official duty.

The local famer, on Monday, told an Accra High Court that the late Mahama begged him to pick him with his motorbike but he declined because of the gun the Major was holding at the time.

According to the witness, he was ready to offer help to the late army officer but he became scared of his life since he was not willing to give out his gun.

Major Mahama’s gun scared me – Witness speaks in court

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Kwame Adjei who was led by Principal State Attorney, Mrs Frances Mullen Ansah, in court to give his evidence revealed that he then left Major Adams to his fate after refused to hand over his gun.

“l told Major Mahama to give me the weapon he is holding, since l was afraid before l will allow him to board my motorbike and also because people were calling him a thief,” he said.

The witness who spoke in Twi through an interpreter said on the day of the incident May 29, 2017, he was by the roadside at Denkyira Obuasi selling fuel.

Mr Adjei said he saw two motorbikes speed pass him with the first one being driven by one Yaw Amankwah and the second one also driven by William Baah, the Assemblyman and an accused in the case.

The witness said he then heard the residents shouting ‘thief, thief.’

According to him, the shouts arose his curiosity and he decided to also move to the direction of the shouting with his motorbike where he met the late Major Mahama along the cemetery road.

Mr Adjei said, “when l met the late Major, he begged me to take him away on my motorbike because some people wanted to kill him and while he was pleading with me, l heard a gunshot behind me and when l turned, I saw Yaw holding a gun together with Akwasi Buah, another accused in the case.”

Mrs Ansah, further asked the witness, where Yaw and Akwasi were but he said, Yaw’s whereabouts were not known to him.

However, he identified Akwasi among the accused in court.

He said there was an exchange and firing of gunshots between the late Major Mahama and Yaw but there was a distance between them and that he was forced to go into hiding while observing until their bullets got finished.

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He said after the exchanges, he saw late Major Mahama trying to run away so he (Adjei) went for his motorbike, followed him and met him at the Denkyira-Obuasi Junction.

Major Mahama pleaded with the farmer to carry him while refusing to give up his gun, since he was also afraid.

The witness said after their conversation where the late Major Mahama refused to give him the gun, he left him at the junction where he (late Major) moved on.

He said after some hours, he saw the Diaso Police personnel drive pass his selling point by the roadside.

Mr Adjei said he also decided to follow up with his motorbike and when he got to the township of Denkyira Obuasi, the Late Major Mahama was already dead.

Kwame Adjei said it was after the death the same day that words went round that the deceased was a soldier and not a thief.

He said when the residents heard that the deceased was a soldier they started running away for their lives.

“It is at this point that my wife and l also got ourselves prepared and went in to our farm to spend the night with the children,” he said.

He said the next day, he asked the wife to send the children to their grandmother while he went into hiding in another village until the chief announced that everybody should return home.

“I was afraid to return, so l reported to the Diaso Police, even though l was not part of the case,” he added.

He said the Diaso Police took his statement, cautioned him, and detained him for three days where he was brought to Accra.

The late army officer stationed at Burma Camp in Accra, met his untimely death while on official duty in Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.

Some irate youth of the town charged on him and killed him instantly after he was accused of being an armed robber.

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