- A former lecturer of Major Mahama has revealed that a piece of advice he gave the late soldier could have saved his life
- He was of the opinion that the open display of Major Mahama's weapon on campus often scared students
- He said that Major Mahama once helped him to recover a stolen vehicle, and subsequently gave him a tracker to help prevent such incidents in the future
It has now become apparent that Major Maxwell Mahama could have been alive today, if he had taken the advice of his former lecturer.
Professor Ransford Gyampo who is the head of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, has revealed that he cautioned the soldier against the open display of his weapon especially when off duty, as it had the tendency to cause fear amongst people who saw it.
The professor, who tutored the late Major at the University of Ghana, disclosed that the young soldier was a respectful man, but the one advice that fell on deaf ears was the display of his weapon, mostly in situations where he was not at post.
On one occasion, when queried about that conduct, the late soldier explained that he had to rush from work to school, and therefore had no option than to carry it along with him. He was then cautioned to hide it as much as possible.
The professor went on to say that when he heard about the incident, he recalled the advice he gave to the young man, but cannot emphatically determine whether the presence of the gun contributed to the death.
He added that instant justice is a painful experience and cannot be justified in anyway.
The lecturer recalled that the slain soldier once helped him to recover a stolen vehicle, and consequently gave him a tracker to prevent such incidents in the future.
His present stance appears to throw light on how close he was with the late Major. On social media a few days after the unfortunate death of the Major. In a Facebook post, he stated amongst other things that the soldier should have protected himself with the gun, by killing his attackers in self – defense. He continued that he was unable to eat, and that he is thinking about the Major Mahama’s wife and children. He concluded by saying that he saw the cement blocks used as weapons in the murder, per the video captured and that soldier had worried us all.
As part of the measures put in place for a military burial of the fallen soldier today June 9, some roads in Accra have been closed to the general public.
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