The Police have given a chilling account on how Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama was lynched at Diaso in the Upper Dankyira West of the Central Region.
Briefing the press Friday, the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, said a woman selling seller raised “false alarm” about the identity of the young military officer after she saw a pistol on him.
Suspecting he was an armed robber, and two days after the community was attack by armed robbers, he told the Assemblyman of the Denkyira Obuasi, who also mobilised the townsfolk to lynch him.
On the day he was murdered, Capt. Mahama went jogging to familiarise himself with the area after he was sent there to replace a platoon commander, the military have explained.
According to the IGP, the young military officer stopped to buy snails, and when he took money from his pocket to pay for the snails, the trader saw the pistol and informed the assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi that the military officer was an armed robber.
Without verifying the claims of the snail seller, the assemblyman and armed residents accosted the military officers and lynched him using cement blocks, clubs among others.
Meanwhile 16 persons who brutalised the military officer to death have been arrested, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department has said.
Seven of them have been charged with murder and are currently on remand.