[ 2012-09-15 ]
Bawku Bees Kill Man
A disabled man severely stung by bees which
invaded Bawku in the Upper East region, on
Tuesday, has died at the Bawku Presbyterian
Amidu Hamidu, 40 years, a blind cripple, was among
several others stung who were rushed to the
They were treated and discharged on the same day,
September 11, 2012, after the bees attacked them
at Natinga, a suburb of Bawku.
Eyewitnesses told DAILY GUIDE that when the bees
were startled, people started running
helter-skelter and no one was ready to rescue
those with physical disabilities.
As a result, some disabled persons, sitting around
the Bawku Central Mosque on that day, could not
escape the wrath of the bees.
Eleven persons were initially rushed to the health
facility with swollen faces and bodies following
the bee attack.
The incident occurred at about 4:30pm and by 5pm,
people trading and sitting around the Central
Mosque, had deserted the area.
It is not clear what startled the bees from their
between the First National Bank building and the
Bawku Central Mosque around the main traffic light
at Natinga in the heart of Bawku.
However, there are varying stories from some
residents. Some residents said a child threw an
object into the beehive and startled the insects.
Another group said the strong perfume a man was
wearing made the stinging insects chase him. In
his attempt to run for cover, others who did not
even know what was cooking started running as
well, a situation which apparently startled the
bees, which also started running for their dear
lives or running after the human trouble makers.
The incident caused so much panic in town that
people ran for several metres in disparate
directions for their dear lives before even
stopping to ask their colleagues what was
happening. Surprisingly, most of the people from
whom they made enquiries were as ignorant about
the cause of the pandemonium as the questioners
Unfortunately for the blind and lame beggars, the
raiding bees vented their spleen on them.
The visually-impaired persons detained at the
hospital were Alimatu Yobi, 25, Shaibu Busanga,
60, and Adama Musah, 70.
David Dangbandoo Gumah, a 55-year-old cripple from
Binduri was also affected.
After they were treated, some of the disabled were
detained at the hospital because they could not
settle their medical bills, which ranged between
GH¢13 and GH¢20.
Source - Daily Guide
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