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We were under no pressure to find late Major Mahama’s ‘killers’ – Witness

A police officer testifying in the trial of late Major Mahama has defended the investigation conducted by the police in the aftermath of the late soldier’s death. 

Mounting a spirited defence, Detective Chief Inspector Samuel Agyarkwa, said the team was not under any pressure to conclude its investigations in Denkyira.

The detective, was responding to questions posed by counsel for one of the accused persons George Bernard Shaw, in a mini trial.

The mini trial was as result of objections from the defence from tendering some caution statement and charge sheets of the accused persons.

Mr Shaw, who raised an objection is counsel for six accused persons. He said his clients did not voluntarily offer their statement.

He pointed out that “there was real pressure on the investigation team to get results by arresting the perpetrators”.

But the witness had a contrary view. Per his assessment, the police did a thorough job and were not under any pressure as counsel wanted the court to believe.

Accused persons

Those standing trial for his murder are William Baah, the Assemblymember of Denkyira Obuasi;  Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy and Kofi Nyame, known as Abortion.

The others are Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim, Bismarck Donkor, John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.

They have all pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from murder, abetment to murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

What happened in 2017

At the dawn of that day, then Captain Mahama went on his usual jogging.

Major Mahama, his wife Barbara and their two sons

On the way, it is reported that he came across two women who assumed he was an armed robber because he had a gun tucked at the back of his trousers.

Multiple sources said the women called the Assemblyman and informed him that they had seen a man with a gun and were convinced that he was an armed robber.

The Assemblyman then called two associates and headed to the area where the Captain was seen jogging.

According to him, upon reaching the venue, the soldier opened fire on them, and he absconded.

The assemblyman said he proceeded to the police station to report the incident, but by the time the police arrived at the scene, the Captain had been lynched.
Major Maxwell Adam Mahama

The ex-soldier had his head smashed with bricks and other objects.

A day after his death, armed military officers were dispatched to the area.

The action by the military sent residents fleeing from the town for fear of being attacked by the armed personnel in a reprisal attack.

About 120 residents were picked up for their involvement in the incident. The case continues on May 17, 2021.

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