Rawlings commends 5BN for exercising restraint in response to soldiers killing

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has commended the 5th Infantry Batallion of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for exercising restraint in their reaction to the killing of colleague, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama.

He says the discipline exhibited by the soldier in the face of such a challenging situation was commendable and in a manner not associated with the military when they are attacked.

Speaking after his installation as a Chief in the Upper West Region, Mr Rawlings used the opportunity to express gratitude to the unit (5BN) for “putting up with this kind of atrocity that they did not react in a manner that is always associated with them when things of this nature happen. I thank them for exercising so much restraint".

He expressed confidence that government would deal swiftly with the culprits to serve as deterrent.

“I believe this issue will be dealt with appropriately but I am hoping as I said, they look into the other cases that have preceded this one. Had we reacted appropriately as a government there is no doubt in mind this kind of brutal cruel behaviour would have gone on for long. This did not start today; it started some quite few years ago. I think we all know where we will be heading this time round if we do not crack the whip. I am quite confident the government will do what is necessary”, he said.

Captain Mahama, leader of detachment troops fighting illegal mining and lumbering in the Denkyira area of the Central Region, was on Monday attack and killed by some residents of Denkyira Obuasi who mistook him for an armed robber.