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Government Commissions Monument in Honour of Late Major Mahama

A commissioning ceremony has been held in honour of the late Major Maxwell Adama Mahama at the Airport Hills Roundabout in Accra on Wednesday 29 May, 2019.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister for Defence and Guest of Honour for the ceremony, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, said the monument (bearing the statue) of late Maj Mahama was built to honour the illustrious officer who was brutally murdered whilst on posted as the Detachment Commander at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region. He emphasised that the venture by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo serves as a perpetual reminder preventing instance justice in the country.

The Minister described him as a national hero, adding that, the ultimate sacrifice of Maj Mahama should be recognized.

It will be recalled that exactly two years ago, on May 29 2017, Maj Maxwell Adama Mahama, who was then the Detachment Commander met his untimely death inthe hands of an irate mob at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.  

The Military High Command also expressed hope that, as the late Officer’s show of rare restrain in the face of imminent death caused an awakening of the national consciousness of Ghanaians to end mob justice, so should the monument beckon all Ghanaians, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, creed or status to join the fight against mob justice.

The 8ft-high by 13ft-wide monument comprises a statue of the late Maj Mahama with his outstretched left arm calling for the curtailment of mob action, and with his right hand securing his pistol. The triangular pedestal wall shows a relief sculpture embedded on all three sides of the monument depicting Maj Mahama facing his assailants with one hand close to his weapon and the other arm stopping them from throwing things at him. This signifies the radiation of heat indicating restrain of force shown by lines from Maj Mahama and the demonstration of aggression shown by lines from the mob. The Scale of Justice depicted on the monument signifies recourse to the law court as the best option rather than mob action.

Wreaths were laid by the Minister for Defence, the GAF, the widow, children and family of the late hero.

The Interior Minister, National Security Advisor, CDS, Service Chiefs, family of the late Major Mahama and personnel of sister security services witnessed the occasion.