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Hundreds killed in Ghana mob justice

mob justiceFrom MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana ACCRA, (CAJ News) – GHANA is battling a surge of mob justice that has left over 200 suspects dead at the hands of agitated members of the public.Citizens alleged a weak and compromised justice system was inept in rising crimes.In a widely-condemned incident, mobs recently killed army captain, Maxwell Mahama, after mistaking him for an armed robber in the central Obuasi region.The cousin of former president John Dramani Mahama had been jogging when mobs pounced.Some 16 suspects have been arrested.Angered and criticized for the spate of mob justice cases in the country,the Ghana Police Service said it was deploying technology to arrest and prosecute people who took the law into their own hands.“The Police has commenced an exercise, employing the use of modern technology, including cameras to arrest and prosecute all persons who take the law into their own hands and mete out instant justice,” Director of Police Public Affairs, Cephas Arthur, said.Opposition have blamed the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo of not taking action against youth loyal to him unleashing a reign of terror.The ruling New Patriotic Front, which came to power earlier this year, has denounced the escalating mob justice in the West Africa country.
– CAJ News