Diaso lynching: Armed Forces calls for calm among soldiers

Ghana Armed Forces

Citi FM, Tue, May 30, 2017

by Jonas Nyabor

The Ghana Armed Forces is urging its troops to remain calm following the gruesome murder of an officer in the Central Region.

It said it was working to bring justice to the deceased and those affected by his murder.

Captain Maxwell Mahama of the 5th Infantry Battalion was lynched and burnt by some angry residents at Diaso, the capital of the Upper West Denkyira District on Monday.

The Armed Forces in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, Colonel Aggrey-Quarshie, said it has commenced investigations into the murder.

The statement also said a fact-finding team led by the Chief of Army Staff is proceeding to the area to gather more information about the development.

“A high-powered fact-finding team led by the Chief of the Army Staff is proceeding to the scene of the incident to ascertain the facts of the case… In the meantime, our troops have been urged to remain calm whilst action is being taken to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book.”

It is feared that the murder would incense other soldiers to raid the town and retaliate.

Earlier reports received by Citi News indicates that, some youth began fleeing the town last night after news of the killing went viral.

Meanwhile, Colonel Aggrey-Quarshie who said in a Citi Breakfast Show that the deceased was deployed for an anti-galamsey and anti-lumbering operation in the area, has indicated that other personnel deployed for the operation will not be withdrawn.

Military storm Denkyira-Obuasi, residents held hostage – DCE

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Upper Denkyira West District, Daniel Appianin, has told Citi News that a team of military men have invaded Denkyira-Obuasi beating up residents in the area.

According to the DCE, the military men had taken about 80 men hostage, while women and children have been camped in a church in the town.

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