Prez. Akufo-Addo donates GH¢50,000 to Maj. Mahama’s Memorial Trust Fund

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-GH¢500,000 seed money for Trust Fund

THE Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Force (GAF), President Akufo-Addo, has promoted Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama, who was gruesomely murdered in Denkyira-Obuasi last week, to the rank of Major.

The President signed the book of condolence and also announced that government has decided to erect a monument in the late Major’s memory in the country.
A Memorial Trust Fund, with seed money of GH¢500,000, has also been set up by government, President Akufo-Addo announced.
The President donated GH¢50,000 from his personal resources to the Fund.
These were revealed by the President Nana Akufo-Addo when he commiserated with the family of the fallen soldier yesterday.
He further reiterated that no single individual, who took part in the dastardly killing of soldier, would escape justice.
“We are with you, we feel and share your pain and we are really sorry,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo admonished the widow, Barbara Mahama, to take consolation in the fact that her husband died a hero and the sympathy of the entire country and outrage towards the act.
He assured that government would do all in its power to ensure that the family goes through the difficult times.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, said the military ranks take consolation in the promise of the state to expedite action on investigating and prosecuting all who took part in the dastardly act.
He noted that ever since the incident came to their attention, the Military High Command has held forums at all garrisons, interacted with the rank and file and personnel in these garrisons, to update them on steps being taken by the Military High Command and also to solicit feedback from them on the issue.
He pledged that in spite of the incident, the military personnel remain committed to discharging their duties to the state.
The family expressed great gratitude to the President for the gesture and the honour done their son.
On the circumstances that led to the murder of Captain Mahama, Police say their investigations have revealed that the deceased left the Detachment Base at Diaso for a 20-kilometre jogging and was in civilian clothing but carried his sidearm.
It said the deceased jogged on the main asphalted Diaso-Dominase-Ayanfuri road and on reaching the outskirts of Denkyira-Obuasi, he saw a number of women were selling food items on the roadside and he, therefore, stopped, interacted with them and even bought some snails.
According to the Police, while the deceased was taking money from his pocket to pay for the snails, the woman from whom he bought the snails spotted the deceased’s sidearm, and she called the assembly member of Denkyira-Obuasi on phone and informed him what she had seen.
Police narrated that the assembly member, William Baah, without verifying the authenticity of the report, called a motor rider popularly known in the town as ‘Komoko’ and together with one Kwasi Baah, a vulcaniser, they proceeded to the place to confront the deceased.
They met the deceased at Denkyira-Obuasi cemetery, which was about one-and-half kilometres from where he bought the snails and accosted him without giving the deceased the opportunity to identify himself.
Police said by that time, the message had spread that an armed robber had been sighted and so other people had come around wielding all forms of implements and started attacking the deceased.
While the deceased was being attacked, he made efforts to explain his identity, while at the same time attempting to flee from his attackers, he said.
According to the police, the deceased was killed around 10 a.m. after being brutally assaulted him with clubs, machetes and cement blocks.
The Police got to the scene of the murder at 10:30 a.m. to pick the corpse.

-By Daniel NONOR, Accra

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