On Tuesday, May 29, 2017, was indeed a black day for the entire universe. Townspeople of Denkyira-Obuasi, a small community in the Central Region killed a military officer, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama, for an alleged offence by mistaking him for an armed robber.
The large crowd of people assaulted him to a point where he could no longer hold his breath and died. They attacked him with stones, building blocks, heavy sticks, woods after which they set him ablaze. The terrible and condemnable act ignited immediate investigations into the murder of the soldier which led to the arrest of some residents.
The cruel incident which got tongues all around the world ranting also garnered a campaign against instance mon justice in Ghana. There were numerous call for immediate action on the killers, over 50 persons were arrested in connection to the his lynch.
On May 29, 2019, which marks exactly two years, the Minister of Defence of the ruling NPP Government, Mr. Dominic Nitiwul, unveiled a statue of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama at Airpot Hills Roundabout in Accra to commemorate the passing of the military officer and serve as a National symbol against mob justice.
“This statue we see today should be remindful to all of us of the ultimate sacrifice that this young man gave to Ghanaians. It should be the last for all of us and should be a reminder to us that by the supreme laws of our motherland, you are presumed not guilty until proven guilty” he said.
Few weeks after his death, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama was promoted in the military rank to Major by President Nana Akuffo-Addo when he made official visit to the bereaved family.
He left behind a wife and two children.