Jungle Justice: Soldier mistaken for robber, lynched
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Jungle Justice: Soldier mistaken for robber, lynched

Yvonne Williams

A soldier who was mistaken for an armed robber has been brutally beaten and burnt to death at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West district of the Central region of Ghana.

The late officer, identified as Captain Maxwell Mahama was with the 5th Infantry Batallion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at the Denkyira Boase of the Central region. According to his subordinates, he was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, upon sighting a pistol on him they raised an alarm, which led to the crowd lynching him.

The military officer was not in uniform at the time of the occurrence and pleaded to the mob not lynch him, explaining he was an  army officer and not a criminal but his plea fell on deaf ears and the mob continued to hit him with several objects including cement blocks till he died.

Authorities have launched full investigation into the incidence.

Speaking to Starr News, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Armed Forces Colonel Aggrey Quashie said the army has called for calm among its troops in the area as they investigate the incident.

Yet another case why jungle justice must be seriously eliminated.

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