The Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has said his outfit will not rest until it establishes the full facts on the death of Captain Maxwell Mahama, who was lynched and burnt in the Central Region. Capt. Mahama met his untimely death on Monday morning when some angry youth in Diaso attacked him, claiming to have mistaken him for an armed robber.
He was said to be on his regular jogging routine in civilian clothes with a gun, when the unfortunate incident occurred. Dominic Nitiwul in a statement copied to citifmonline.com, said the deceased; an Officer of 5th Battalion of Infantry, had just finished his exams for a promotion to the rank of a Major. He said “to lose a life is a very serious matter to us in the military.” He however denied that the deceased was in the town to protect some illegal miners as claimed by the District Chief Executive of the area, calling on Ghanaians to exercise patience as security agencies work to unravel the truth surrounding the unfortunate incident. Read the minister’s statement below: MINISTER OF DEFENSE STATEMENT ON LYNCHED SECURITY OFFICER. Our condolences go out all those affected by the death of Capt. Mahama. Capt. Mahama had just finished his exams for a promotion to Major. This is very unfortunate.The Chief of Army Staff and the Police commander is expected to visit the town today. To lose a life is a very serious matter to us in the military. This is clearly a criminal matter. We will not rest until all the facts have been established. The Armed Forces is not protecting illegal mining activities. No military person will of his own accord go and defend an illegal mining site. The military have put themselves in harm’s way for the nation. All they ask for is decorum and respect. We ask for patience from Ghanaians. I can assure that we will not rest till we get to the bottom of this lynching – Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence