Credible reports reaching the Daily Dispatch indicates that military personnel in various military barracks across the country want President Akufo Addo, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, to immediately sack the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Upper Denkyira West District, Mr. Daniel Appianing.
Many are angry that the DCE has been talking ‘by heart’ by alleging that the late Captain Maxwell Mahama was the head of a military detachment in the area protecting a group of Chinese nationals who were illegally mining gold in the Upper Wassa forest.
The DCE made these allegations yesterday on Reacting to the DCE’s allegations on the same show, Mr. Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defense, called on the DCE to keep quiet and not to talk on the issue again as he is unaware of the facts.
Below is a press release from the Ghana Armed Forces, signed by its Director of Public Relations, Col. Aggrey Quarshie.
ARMY OFFICERS LYNCHED
The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) regrets to confirm the death of its officer, Capt MA Mahama of 5 Battalion of Infantry.
The initial report indicates the officer was lynched by locals of Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region whilst he was going at about 08:30 am on Monday 29th May 2017, under circumstances yet to be verified.
The officer was the detachment commander of our troops on operational duties in the general area. 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.
GAF is working closely with the police and other security agencies to unravel the full facts of the case. In the meantime, or troops have been urged to remain calm whilst the action is being taken to bring the perpetrators of this shameful act to book.