By Our Monitoring Desk
"We have to have a country where the rule of law works. I've been fighting for that all of my life and now that I'm in the chair, I've to make sure that there's meaning to it," was how President Nana Akufo Addo expressed his disgust following the dastardly murder of Captain Maxwell Adams Mahama in what many security experts says was a result of mob injustice.
The President says he will ensure justice is appropriately served and the murderers of the late Capt. Maxwell Mahama are brought to book.
Consequently President Akufo Addo, in an audio message said that “I’ve told the law enforcement agencies that they should spare no stone and make sure that those who are responsible for this brutal act are brought to face the consequences and are brought before trial in our courts and justice done accordingly.”
Also speaking on the suspension which followed the killing of Captain Maxwell Mahama, the President said the DCE’s comments in the wake of the death were provocative, hence the need for the enquiry.
The suspension of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Upper Denkyira West, Daniel Apiannin, was “necessary” in the circumstances, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.
“I have had to do something with some considerable reluctance, but which I felt was necessary to do. The District Chief Executive made comments in this matter that appeared to be somewhat provocative. I have taken the decision that he should be suspended pending an inquiry into all circumstances in the matter and the comments that he made.”
President Akufo-Addo reportedly directed Local Government and Rural Development Ministry to effect the suspension. The Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, will be heading the investigation.
Capt. Mahama was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion deployed on an anti-galamsey mission in the district, but the DCE incurred the wrath of the public after suggesting the deceased and his colleagues were in the area to protect illegal Chinese miners.
The DCE’s comments, which were deemed insensitive and insulting by the public, were also seen as a justification for the killing by an angry mob, which claimed it thought Captain Mahama was a robber.
Meanwhile, Daniel Appianing is reportedly running his mouth and allegedly laughing off reports that he has been dismissed by President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, he is still at post saying he has never been a happy man until the news of his suspension hit the media.
“I have never been happy in my life than today. I’m still in my office. I have not received official notification. I have heard it on social media and radio,” he stated in an interview with Starr News’ Elvis Adjetey.
He added “Ever since this incident happened nobody has called to find out my side of the story. So if they are suspending me and it will be on radio without communicating to me that it their problem.”
Mr. Appianing has been asked to hand over to the Deputy Central regional Minister, Thomas Adjei Baffoe.
A letter to that effect was signed Thursday, afternoon by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development upon the instructions of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.