‘Lunatic’ invades NPP candidate’s residence

The smashed saloon vehicle.

The smashed saloon vehicle.

A man, Bismark Yao, suspected to be mentally ill, on Saturday sneaked into the residence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast North, Mrs. Barbara Asher Ayisi, ostensibly to harm her for reasons yet to be established.

He was said to have entered the house with a knife and a hammer, demanding to see her.

The alleged mentally ill man destroyed flower pots and smashed the screen of a saloon car belonging to Mrs. Ayisi with the hammer he was holding.

He has been admitted at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment.

As of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when The Ghanaian Times, visited the hospital, Yao had been sedated due to his aggressive nature at the time he was brought in.

The police are currently investigating the incident, which came at the heels of the recent murder of the Abuakwa North Member of Parliament Joseph Boakye Danquah.

Narrating the incident, the driver of Mrs. Ayisi, Benard Botchwey, said the man attempted to storm the house on Saturday morning and demanded to see Mrs. Ayisi, saying he wanted to kill her.

“I want to kill her if I lay my hands on her,” he allegedly said.

He said he walked to the man thinking that he may be having a mental problem, but the intruder started banging the gate for over 30 minutes in an attempt to have access to the house.

He said that the intruder, after sometime, scaled over the wall into the compound  of the house where he smashed the vehicle of the parliamentary candidate.

After engaging in a struggle with the man for some minutes, a resident who was observing the incident, from a far, came to assist him to over-power the attacker.

Other on-lookers later joined and severely beat the man before the police came to the scene to  rescue him. He was later taken to the hospital.

A source at the Police Station told The Ghanaian Times that, a lady,  Happy Zanu, who claimed to be the fiancé of Yao reported to the police last Friday, that her boy friend was missing.

He said that Ms. Zanu told the police that they came from Cote d’ Ivoire  to Ghana, when Yao suddenly developed a mental problem.

She was reported to have informed the police that they set off from Cote d’ Ivoire last Friday and along the way, Yao started screaming and shouting that his former fiancé had turned into a tiger and was attacking him.

Yao was said to have collected the phone of the girlfriend and thrown it away,  thereby destroying the window of the vehicle in which they were travelling.

The police said, Ms. Zanu explained that Yao became uncontrollable during the journey and they had to alight at Cape Coast.

She informed the police that upon getting down from the vehicle, Yao hit her with a bottle before taking to his heels.

A visibly shaken Mrs. Ayisi, expressed her appreciation to God as she was scared about the incident coming in the wake of the murder of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Dankwa Adu.

She also expressed her appreciation to the flagbearer of the NPP and his Vice as well as the entire membership of the party for their support.

She appealed to the police to ensure that the issue was thoroughly investigated.


From David O. Yarboi-

Tetteh, Cape Coast


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