Mob justice and or violence, seems to have become the apparent way most youth have resorted to as a means of getting instant justice in recent times.
Many innocent lives have been lost, most of which have not been accounted for and yet the canker persists. The most recent case of Captain Maxwell Mahama, has caused a stir and triggered mixed reactions from several sections of the public.
In an emerging video from the scene, several irate youth are seen using several objects including blocks of cement and stones on the gentleman (Maxwell) who lay helplessly on the ground. Visibly unfazed by the blood oozing from his face, these persons continuously manhandled the man, dragging and pelting stones at him until he became motionless.
Maxwell is said to have been lynched by residents of the township on Monday June 29 on suspicion of being an armed robber.
Captain Mahama was lynched by the residents after some women who mistook him for an armed robber blew an alarm, alerting the assembly member of the town. They suspected he was an armed robber because of a pistol they saw on him after he had stopped them to seek directions while he was jogging. The assembly member allegedly organised some men to lynch him and even burnt him in the process.
The women’s action is said to have been influenced by recent robbery attacks in the area with a recent one been a day before as the people in the mining town have been subjected to some serious robbery attacks.
The military officer was not in uniform when the incident happened as he is even said to have pleaded to the mob not lynch him indicating that he was an army officer and not a criminal but his plea was not taken by the mob.
Reports indicate that the Chief of Army Staff Maj Gen. William Azure Ayamdo is leading a high-powered military delegation to the Central region following the incident.
Meanwhile, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Upper Denkyira West District, Daniel Appianing reacting to the incident on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ on Tuesday revealed that the lynched military man was the head of a military detachment in the area which is protecting a group of Chinese nationals who are illegally mining gold in the Upper Wassa Forest.
The Chinese, he said despite having a license to prospect for gold in the forest are rather engaged in illegal mining and are heavily protected by the military who prevents residents of the community to enter the forest