A Ghanaian soldier has met his unfortunate death in the hands of villagers who mistook him for an armed robber and lynched him to death.

Community members at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West district of the Central region of Ghana have began fleeing after they lynched to death a Ghanaian soldier after mistaking him for an armed robber.

According to reports in Ghana, the officer whose name has been given us Captain Maxwell Mahama was lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber.

The late Captain Maxwell Mahama was a military officer with the 5th Infantry Batallion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at the Denkyira Boase of the Central region.

Captain Mahama who is the commander of the area military detachment according to his subordinates , was seen jogging along the main road and as he stopped by to ask some women for directions, the women saw a pistol on him.

The women who were alarmed by the discovery of the pistol on Captain Mahama mistook him for an armed robber thereby alerting their assembly member who allegedly organised some men to lynch him and even burnt him in the process.

The women’s action is said to have been influenced by recent robbery attacks in the area with a recent one being a day before.

The military officer was not in uniform when the incident happened and is said to have pleaded with the mob not to lynch him, indicating that he was an army officer and not a criminal, but his plea was not taken by the mob who hit him with several objects including cement blocks.

News of his death was later conveyed to his subordinates who visited the scene to ascertain things for themselves. The body of the deceased has since been conveyed to a health facility in the area.

The youth in the area have started fleeing the town on realising that the deceased was not a criminal as they thought. The Ghanaian Army has said it will fish out those involved in the brutal murder.

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