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Captain Mahama will get justice – President

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday consoled the family of the late Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama who was murdered in Diaso in the Central Region, assuring that the rule of law would bring justice to his family.

The President has therefore instructed the law enforcement and investigative agencies to spare no effort in making sure that “those responsible for the act are brought to face the consequences and justice done accordingly”.

In a recorded message made available to the Ghana News Agency, President Akufo-Addo said he was extremely upset to hear about the death of Captain Mahama … To me it is a complete waste of valuable life in circumstances that do no credit to anybody”.

“I am very very sad and do extend my sincerest and deepest condolence to  his wife and family,” he said.

The President had earlier delegated the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to visit the family of the late Army Officer, where he pledged that Capt Mahama’s  murderers would be brought to book for the heinous crime.

Dr Bawumia also pledged the State’s support for the funeral and welfare of the late military officer’s family.

President Akufo-Addo urged the nation to exercise restraint and remain calm as the security apparatus investigated the circumstances of the matter.

“We have a country where the rule of law works. I have been fighting for this all my life… and now that I am in the chair, I have to make sure there is meaning to it,” he said.

The President has also asked the Minister of Local Government to suspend Mr Daniel Appiannin, the Upper Denkyira District Chief Executive for the provocative and inappropriate comments that he made in the aftermath of the murder of the Army officer.

Mr Appiannin in trying to justify the actions of those who killed the military officer, he alleged that Captain Mahama was leading a detachment protecting Chinese illegal miners in the district.

He would remain suspended pending inquiry into the circumstance of the matter and the comments he made.

Captain Mahama who commanded a detachment of army troops were assigned to the District as part of a wider operations to clamp down on illegal mining.

The officer had gone or his early morning physical training in civilian clothing, jogging through the Diaso Township, when he was lynched by a mob, who suspected him of being an armed robber because of a side arm that he carried for his protection.

His corpse was also set ablaze.

The incident has infuriated the military and civilians alike, drawing wide condemnation of the emerging culture of citizens flouting the law with impunity.

The Military High Command had asked personnel of the service to exercise professionalism during the trying period.

Source: GNA

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