Lynched army officer was protecting illegal Chinese miners - DCE

The late Captain Maxwell Mahama was reportedly lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber while he was jogging.

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The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Upper Denkyira West District, Daniel Appianing who made the claim said even though the Chinese nationals have the license to prospect for gold, they are rather engaged in illegal mining.

“There is a large number of military personnel protecting the Chinese that the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of it, in fact he is said to be the leader…am shocked they are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers…,” he said on Accra-based Adom FM.

He further asked persons who doubt his claim to contact the police and BNI commanders in his district for confirmation.

“As I speak, there are reports that the BNI is calling on the military to help stop it because it is creating disaffection between the residents and the military…,” he said.

But the Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has denied the claims by the DCE.

According to him, the deceased is part of Operation Halt 2, an anti-Galamsey activity which is being undertaken by the military.

“I don’t know who this DCE is but he should not speak on this again because he does not understand the issue…,” he said.

He further charged the DCE to present the said BNI reports which he claims to have to the District Security Committee (DISEC) for forwarding to Accra.

The late Captain Maxwell Mahama was lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber while he was jogging.

The Ghana Armed Forces has since confirmed the incident and said investigations are ongoing.

Scores of armed military personnel have been deployed to Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region as a search is mounted for the residents who lynched the Captain.

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