Three years on, the father of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Captain Dennis Mahama (Rtd), is calling on the CID Department of the Ghana Police Service to speed up investigations to bring to justice those who murdered his son.
According to him, he wants culprits to be punished in accordance with the law but frustrated over the delay of the trial by Accra High Court.
“Our sentiments are our sentiments. The law is the law. Even though this is what we wish, the law says otherwise, even though we saw close to 100 people, the law says only 14 people will face trial and we are very shocked and surprise how the trial was delayed,” Captain Dennis Mahama (Rtd) told Kwame Tutu on ‘Anopa Nkomo’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7.
“I’m pleading with the court to make sure they speed up prosecution and jailed all the people who were involved in the mob-action,” he added
The state has so far called several witnesses to testify in court.
The town of Denkyira-Obuasi gained infamy, following the gruesome killing, with many noting the town as having a history of violence.
Major Mahama was an officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion and was on active duty in the area as part of the government’s military-style approach to fighting illegal mining popularly called galamsey in the area.
The young major, then captain, who was with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN), was accused of being an armed robber while on his daily jogging routine in plain clothes.
Subsequently, some residents of that community attacked and lynched him instantly. The video of this barbaric act traumatized many Ghanaians and sparked public outrage.
It was reported that the Major was killed as a result of mistaken identity, as the residents suspected him to be part of a robbery gang that stormed the town a few days ago.