The snail seller who allegedly gave a false alarm that led to the lynching of the army officer has been arrested together with eight other suspects.
The snail seller, whose name was given as Akosua Takyiwaa, aka Maame Bono, is said to have raised the false alarm by calling the Assembly Member for the Denkyira Obuasi, who mobilized people to allegedly kill Major Maxwell Mahama.
The arrest of the eight has brought the number of suspects picked up by the police in connection with the gruesome murder to 52. They have all been remanded in prison custody.
Major Mahama reportedly stopped to buy snails, and when he took money from his pocket to pay for the snails, the trader saw the pistol and reportedly informed the assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi that the young military officer was an armed robber.
According to the police, without verifying the identity of Major Mahama, the assemblyman and armed townsfolk accosted the military officer and eventually pounced on him using cement blocks, clubs, among others, until he died around 10am on that fateful day.