- An army captain has been brutally murdered in the Central Region after locals mistook him for an armed robber
- Captain Maxwell Mahama was jogging at Denkyira Boase, a community in the Upper Denkyira West District, when some women saw a pistol on him and phoned the local authorities who organised a mob to burn him to death
- The captain's pleas that he was not a robber reportedly fell on deaf ears
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All he wanted to do was to serve his country and help defend it against external aggression, but Captain Maxwell Mahama will not be able to do that now.
YEN.com.gh understands that the captain was killed by a mob in the Central Region on Monday dawn.
Captain Mahama was with the 5th Infantry Battalion at Burma Camp in Accra but had been posted to Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District for detachment duties.
He was reportedly went jogging that dawn and approached some women he saw for directions.
The women were said to have spotted a pistol on him and quickly phoned the assembly man in the area that the soldier who was not wearing his uniform was an armed robber.
The assembly man acted swiftly, organising some youth in the town to beat and burn Captain Mahama to death, according to multiple media reports.
The soldier is said to have desperately pleaded with the mob before his death that he was not a thief, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
News of his death reportedly reached his colleagues at the barrack, who reports say verified that he was indeed a soldier and not a robber.
Photos showing the captain's charred corpse are so gory that YEN.com.gh could not publish them.
The police are said to have launched an investigation into the incident.
The development has provoked outrage on social media, with many calling for an investigation and an end to what they called the barbaric culture of instant vigilante "justice".
Others also called for the assembly man who reportedly directed the killing to be arrested and dealt with.
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