The gruesome murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama has cast the spotlight yet again on the justice system of Ghana.
Captain Mahama was the victim of mob justice by a group of residents in a town in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region. He was lynched to death and his body burned by residents who claim he was mistaken for a suspected armed robber. Many on social media have attributed the incident to the lack of trust in the police in investigating crimes thoroughly.
The most immediate incident is the murder of J.B Danquah Adu. The Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North was stabbed in his bed in his home in East Legon. More than a year later, the family is yet to gain closure as the primary suspect in his murder has been discharged by the court as state prosecutors seek additional evidence.
The Upper East Regional chairperson of the governing New Patriotic Party, Adams Mahama died in hospital in May 2015 after he suffered severe burns from an acid attack. Earlier this month, the Northern Regional chairperson of the party, Bugri Naabu accused the slain Mahama’s successor, Rockson Bukari and the Minister of Gender, Otiko Djaba of having a hand in the case. Although Naabu has since retracted the claim, it has emboldened the family and defence attorneys of Gregory Afoko (who is on trial for the murder) who are calling for his release. This risks making the case ‘a foolish case’.
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In March 2014, Fennec Okyere, the manager of musician Kwaw Kesse, was found dead at his home. He had been shot and three years later, his family is yet to gain closure about what happened during the last moments of his life. It prompted Kwaw Kesse to say in an interview after what now appears to be initial impressive work done by the police after the murder of JB Danquah. He said “I think my manager's case has not been dealt with the way the late MP’s case has been dealt with. I want to ask the police if it’s because my manager was not an MP.”
In 2015, a 50-year-old businessman, Alhaji Abdullah Alidu, was shot outside his home in a suburb in Ghana’s second city, Kumasi. According to the police, the incident happened at around 8:30pm and that Alidu’s belongings were intact and as such it was not being considered a robbery but rather a murder case. The killer(s) are still at large.