A deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has called for the trial of the suspected murderers of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama to be broadcast live on TV.
Speaking to Citi News’ Duke Mensah Opoku, the Deputy Minister noted that, if the trial is televised “a message will be sent to everybody, not just this one, but of other crimes that are widely publicized. The message will be sent to everybody that these actions have consequences.”
Capt. Mahama, a military officer, was lynched by some residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region, after they allegedly mistook him for an armed robber.
The military officer was deployed to the area together with his other colleagues of the 5th Infantry Battalion, to wage war on illegal miners in the area. So far, about seven persons have been arrested in connection to the murder.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Ofoase Ayeribi Constituency in the Eastern Region, said the move will seriously serve as a deterrent for others who indulge in what has become known as mob justice.
“My argument is that, Capt. Mahama’s death ought not to be in vain. And my belief is that one of the ways to ensure this is that, the police investigation is done with a legal eye, with an eye to ensure that we will get a conviction at the end of the day. And I am hopeful and optimistic that, that is being done at this moment. As a Member of Parliament, I’m saying that we should all remind ourselves that, this must be done.”
“This is my personal advocacy, that if possible, even this trial and possible conviction should be televised live on national television because this gruesome murder has literally been televised on social media, everybody has seen it. It will be important as part of the corrective measures to let everybody see the consequences of this act.”
The persons arrested in connection with the murder so far are; William Baah, Assemblyman and teacher, 36, farmer; Yaw Antwi, 32, farmer; Bismarck Donkor, 36, farmer; Kofi Badu, 29, farmer; Kofi Nyame, 29, farmer; Anthony Amoah, 23, Okada operator and Philip Badu, 30, a prison assistant.
Credit – citifmonline.com