Some few days after the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, at his residence at Shiashie in Accra, another barbaric incident nearly happened on Saturday when the parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Ayisi, was also attacked at her residence at Pedu Estate in Cape Coast.
The unfortunate incident happened around 10am when an assailant believed to be in his early 30s, by name Bismark Yao, allegedly armed with a knife and a hammer, invaded her residence at a time she was having a meeting with the constituency executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) towards a programme planned for that evening at the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, NPP vice presidential candidate, attended the meeting at the UCC.
The invader reportedly succeeded in smashing the windscreen of the parliamentary candidate’s vehicles parked in the compound. He also broke flower pots before he was overpowered by neighbours after vandalising the residence for close to 30 minutes. Her campaign vehicle, a Kia Rio branded with her posters, suffered more.
The assailant has since been hospitalised at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital for what medics referred to as visual hallucinations and aggression.
Recounting the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the NPP candidate said her driver, Ben Botwe, was washing her car embossed with her campaign posters at the compound when the man moved into the house on that day and demanded to see the parliamentary candidate to kill her. “Where is the NPP MP? I will kill her if I lay my hands on her; as far as we are concerned, you can never be an MP in this constituency,” the invader was reported as saying.
Barbara Asher Ayisi indicated that her driver then walked Yao out of the house and locked the gate, thinking that the latter might be having a mental problem.
Ms Ayisi stated that Yao was said to have become angry and started banging on the gate for close to 40 minutes in an attempt to have access to the house.
She added that after sometime Yao scaled over the wall into the compound where he smashed the vehicles with the hammer, even though there were two other vehicles parked on the compound which belong to her mother.
Ms Asher Ayisi disclosed that Yao then struggled with the driver and later pulled out a knife, threatening to stab him if he continued to prevent him from entering the hall where the meeting was being held, a situation which compelled her and the executives to start shouting for help.
“I was shivering and sweating profusely when he was struggling with the driver because I realised my driver was becoming weak and the residents were also afraid to come inside to rescue him,” she said.
The parliamentary candidate further told DAILY GUIDE that one of the residents then gathered courage, also scaled over the wall and was able to overpower him (Yao).
She hinted that other onlookers then joined in and brutally beat the man to a state of unconsciousness.
Ms Asher Ayisi said she then called the police to inform them about the incident.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the police came to find the attacker on the floor with blood oozing from the head and some parts of the body and was immediately taken to the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital where he is receiving treatment.
The MP’s vandalized vehicle
Police sources say Yao was reported missing on Friday by a lady, Happy Zanu, who claimed to be his (Yao’s) fiancée.
Happy claimed that they had returned from La Cote d’Ivoire, where they reside, for Yao to take her to his parents at Zongo in Twifo Praso to introduce her to them.
She said they set off from Cote d’Ivoire on Friday but half way through the journey, Yao started shouting in the vehicle, saying his former fiancée had turned into a tiger and was attacking him.
In the midst of the confusion, she stated that Yao took her mobile phone and threw it away, destroying the window of the vehicle in which they were travelling.
Happy explained that on arriving in Cape Coast on Friday evening, Yao became more agitated and became uncontrollable so she decided not to continue the journey to Twifo Praso.
According to the source, Yao took to his heels after attacking Happy with a bottle, only to land in the parliamentary candidate’s house in an aggressive mood.
“I reported the incident to the police on Friday but we could not find him,” Happy told the media.
From Sarah Afful, Cape Coast