The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for the Cape Coast North Constituency in the Central Region, Barbara Asher Ayisi, escaped an alleged attack on Saturday after a man entered her house with a knife, a hammer and other weapons supposedly to attack her. The suspect according to reports, was severely beaten before police came to his rescue.
Although he was taken to the Hospital for treatment, Citi News sources at the Central Regional Police Command say he has also been sent to the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital for a medical test of his mental status.
Confirming the incident to Citi News, the aspiring MP said, “I am tutor at Wesley Girls High School so I was getting ready for my school’s speech and prize giving day, then I heard noise outside so I just came out and saw a struggle between a strange man and my driver.
According to my driver, the man wanted to come inside because he said he wanted to see the NPP MP. So the driver managed to push him away and we locked the gate.” But the MP aspirant claims the man managed to scale the wall into the house, where he crashed the rear windscreen of her campaign car, and tore an NPP flag. She narrated further that, after we locked the gate, we felt excited because we knew he was outside, but we could still hear noise from outside and he was being rowdy by breaking things here and there. I was inside but I could see from where I was standing.
Then suddenly I saw that he scaled the wall and then I had some NPP flags around which he took and started tearing them. And then he was yelling in my local Fanti dialect and asking, ‘where is the NPP MP’?” “So I was shocked because initially I didn’t know I was the one she was looking for; so when he said that, then I knew I was the target. It took about fifty minutes or an hour and people who came around were trying to enter the house but all the gates were locked. We have two cars packed there; one of them is branded with my pictures, he took the photos off and tore the NPP flags so I was just wondering; and so we started making calls to tell people that we were under attack.
He then smashed the rear screen of the car and after that he wanted to enter the hall where we were, so that was when we all got scared because he was trying to break into the room. All that helped us was the burglar proof. I could see people outside but they couldn’t come in and they were afraid to also climb the wall into the house.”
Madam Barbara Asher Ayisi says it took the effort of one man to overpower the suspect before the police came in. “…But I must commend one man by the name Fred who gathered courage and jumped into the house and he had a face to face fight with him; and then he managed to take the knife and the hammer and other things from him. The gates were opened and people came in to help and then he was handed over to the police when the police came in. Initially we didn’t know he was armed until when he took out the knife and the hammer and we knew it wasn’t a joke.” The aspiring MP says she has officially lodged a complaint to the police but is yet to get any feedback from them.”
The foiled attack comes barely a week after the NPP’s lawmaker for the Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, was stabbed to death in his home at Shiashi in Accra. In that case, a young man believed to have carried out the killing has been arrested and is in the custody of the BNI for investigations. Madam Barbara Asher Ayisi will be vying for the Cape Coast North seat against the NDC’s Kobby Acheampong. The police are yet to comment on the purported foiled incident.