Pastor Otabil has described as normal culture in Ghanaian society, the lynching of Captain Mahama. He states the act is nothing new in the country, just as galamsey and other unlawful acts are part of the norm in the country.
Captain Mahama was lynched and burned on Monday during his morning jog after being mistaken for an armed robber. Pastor Mensa Otabil, the founder and general overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, has described the horrific killing of the army captain among other things, as part of the ‘Ghanaian culture.’
According to him, the lynching and killing of Captain Maxwell Mahama are just as normal to the Ghanaian society as are galamsey activities and general acts of lawlessness. Remarking on the unlawful mob killing of the military officer during an event with Class FM, the ICGC head pastor stated, ”The only thing is that it happened to somebody with visibility so we are worried but we will go back to the same culture which is the culture of disrespect for life and to rules procedure.
You cannot say they [the mob] have not gone to school, we cannot say they do not know human rights but in that circumstance, they chose to exhibit that behaviour.” Army Captain Maxwell A. Mahama was lynched and burned in the Upper Denkyira district on Monday May 29, after residents mistook him for an armed robber. Over 30 military officers were deployed to the area and rounded a number of residents believed to have been somewhat connected to the incident.
So far, about 50 people have been arrested as suspects in the killing of the army officer. The incident sparked public outrage as Ghanaians across the country, as well other national stakeholders including the former presidents Rawlings and Mahama, who condemned the acts and demanded an investigation into the incident. The captain’s body was airlifted to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra today, for further investigations.
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