- The DCE for Upper Denkyira West says lynched soldier was a galamsey protector
- He's challenged those who don't believe him to contact the BNI and police
The Upper Denkyira West District Chief Executive, Mr. Daniel Appianing, has alleged that the army captain who was lynched by youths in Diaso, Central Region was part of a detachment that protected Chinese illegal small scale miners.
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According to the Denkyira West DCE, Captain Maxwell Mahama had been leading a military detachment that was allegedly protecting a group of Chinese illegal mining operation in the Upper Wassa Forest area.
Captain Maxwell Mahama, an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, was a victim of mob lynching by local youths who mistook him for an armed robber. The army officer was first beaten, and later burnt on the morning of May 29th, 2017 in Denkyira-Obuasi, Central Region.
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According to the Denkyira West DCE, Captain Maxwell Mahama had been leading a military detachment that was allegedly protecting a group of Chinese illegal miners operating in the Upper Wassa Forest area.
Mr. Appianing had been speaking on Tuesday’s edition of Adom FM’s ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Morning show. His comments were in response to statements made by the late Captain’s subordinates in the military, who stated that he [Captain Mahama] had been the detachment commander of troops who had been on operational duties in the vicinity.
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The Denkyira Upper Denkyira local government official said that Chinese nationals, who allegedly have been gold mining in the Wassa Forest had received heavy protection from the military. This, he said, to the extent that military personnel had prevented local residents from entering the forest.
“There’s a large number of military personnel protecting Chinese that the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of. In fact, he said to be the leader … I’m shocked thy are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers,” said Mr. Appianing, somewhat incredulously.
The local government official stated that those who doubted the authenticity of his claims could go ahead and contact the BNI and the local Denkyira police hierarchy.
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