Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was lynched to death in Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region of Ghana in 2017. According to the irate youth of the town, they mistook for an armed robber. Major Mahama was stationed there to fight illegal mining activities popular known as Galamsey.
The prosecution called the first witness to the stand in court on Monday 9th June 2018 in the ongoing trial of the murder of Captain Mahama.
The first witness, Kwame Adjei, a local farmer told the court that, he refused to pick Major Mahama on his motorbike when he requested for his help because he was afraid of a gun he was holding.
“l told Major Mahama to give me the weapon he is holding since l was afraid before l will allow him to board my motorbike and also because people were calling him a thief,” Kwame Adjei said.
He explained that he told the man who the townfolks were chanting thief thief after him to hand over his gun for him to pick him on his motorbike but he refused so he also jumped back on his motor and left.
The witness, Kwame Adjei spoke was led to give his testimony by the Principal State Attorney, Mrs. Frances Mullen Ansah. He spoke in local direct, Twi and it was interpreted to the court in English.
Explaining how it all went down, the witness stated that on 29th May 2017, he was selling fuel by the road sided when two motorbikes being ridden by one Yaw Amankwah and the second one also driven by William Baah, the Assemblyman sped by.
He later heard the chants of thief thief coming from the direction the motorbike came from so he jumped on his motorbike and road on to see what was going on and that was when he saw Major Mahama holding a gun along the town’s cemetery road.
“when l met the late Major, he begged me to take him away on my motorbike because some people wanted to kill him and while he was pleading with me, l heard a gunshot behind me and when l turned, I saw Yaw holding a gun together with Akwasi Buah, another accused in the case.”
He went on to explain that there was an exchange of gunshots between the late Major and Yaw Amankwah. He hid somewhere and watched them shoot at themselves until their bullets finished.
According to the local farmer Kwame Adjei, the late Major fled the scene and he followed him on his motorbike and finally met him at the Denkyira-Obuasi Junction and that was where he begged him to carry him on his motorbike because some people want to kill him but he refused because he was afraid of the gun and the man was not ready to give him the gun.
When he came back after he left the scene, he found the major dead. It was until later in the day when news started coming in that the lynched man was actually a military officer on duty. The youth of the town started fleeing the town and him together with his wife also did the same although they had done no wrong.
“It is at this point that my wife and l also got ourselves prepared and went into our farm to spend the night with the children,” he said.
Kwame Adjei revealed that he only returned to the town after the chief had sent a message out that they should all return to the town. But even with that, he sent the wife away with their children to stay with their grandmother in another village.
“I was afraid to return, so l reported to the Diaso Police, even though l was not part of the case,” he added.
He revealed that was when his statement was taken and he was detained for 3 days before being released.