The narrative surrounding the death of Captain Maxwell Mahama, the soldier lynched to death in Denkyira-Obuasi, is gradually shifting as people poke holes in the story of mob justice.
Some are now alleging that the mob targeted and intentionally killed the soldier, who was the leader of a group of soldiers dispatched to the area to help in the fight against galamsey.
According to the stories, now floating on social media, the assembly man who led the mob to lynch the soldier is a galamsey operator himself, and that he led the lynching of Mahama to send a message that the fight against galamsey cannot be won so easily.
The media aide to Bishop Daniel Obinim, Joseph Osei Oppong Brenya, is one of those who subscribe to the theory.
“Capt. Mahama was killed on purpose!” he wrote on Facebook.
“The truth behind the lynching of Capt. Mahama. The captain was the commander of a troop fighting galamsey in the area. The people who lynched him, knew him and because of the fight against galamsey, they intentional lynched him. The Assembly man owns a galamsey concession. The town he was stationed to the town he was lynched is a short distance. Please is a deliberate act.” he added.
Another facebooker has expressed the same sentiments in a post.
Defence minister Dominic Nitiwul has already confirmed that Mahama was leading troops in the area fighting galamsey – although the DCE in the community says that is not the case but rather the opposite – that Mahama and his soldiers are protecting illegal galamseyers.