By Bernice Bessey
The Ghana Armed Forces has unveiled a monument in memory of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, who met his untimely death while on official duty at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region.The monument was unveiled at Airport Hills round about in honour of the past military officer.
The ceremony was attended by the Ministers for Interior and Defence, Military High Command, family members, Clergy and well-wishers.The Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, after helping to unveil the statue, which marked exactly two years that the atrocity was committed, urged the public to end mob justice.According to him, the incident that led to the demise of the late Major Mahama “should remind all of us the sacrifice this young man gave to the people of Ghana and should be the last.
“It should be a reminder to us that by the law of Ghana, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, we should not take the law into our hands to beat to death, stone to death, burn to death or to strangle to death by any group of individuals under the pretext that somebody has committed a crime, that should be a thing of the past.
“He said the way and manner the officer was murdered sent shock waves through the length and breadth of the country and even beyond.”As we unveil this statue… this thing is to send a signal to all of us that what has happened should be the last in our history,” he added.
The Minster for interior, Ambrose Dery, on his part reiterated that the monument should remind Ghanaians not to take the laws in their own hands and to stop using extra legal means to solve problems.Making reference to the violence in Northern Ghana, he added that anytime there is an argument over a piece of land,”they want to resort to violence, which is wrong. We should go through the due processes.
“The father of late Major Mahama, Captain Denis Mahama Adam (RTD) used the occasion to appeal to every “Tom, Dick and Harry to say no to mob justice”, adding that though it been two years since the violence occurred mob action continues to persist.He said the family, with support from entities, are embarking on vigorous campaign against mob action.Major Maxwell Adam Mahama (GH/3454) was born on November 1, 1985 in Bole.
After his senior secondary school education, he enlisted in the Ghana Military Academy on October 6, 2005, as part of Regular Career Course 47.Major Maxwell was commissioned into the Ghana Army on September 7, 2017 as a Second Lieutenant and was posted to the 5th Infantry Battalion as a Platoon Commander.
During his short but illustrious military career, he rose through the ranks to become a Captain.Unfortunately, Maxwell met his untimely death at the hands of a mob at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central region, whilst on official duty as Detachment Commander on Monday, May 29, 2017.The government, in response to the incident, established the Major Mahama Trust Fund, with seed money of GH¢500,000 to cater for the wife and children of the departed military officer.
The monument was built at the request of the family to immortalise their son.