Bee attack disrupts burial service
A solemn joint burial service by the E.P. Church, Ghana (EPCG), Global Evangelical Church and Lighthouse Chapel International at Akoefe-Achati, near Ho, took a different turn on Saturday, October 28, 2023 with the arrival of unexpected visitors; bees.
The swarm of bees descended upon the gathering causing chaos and leaving mourners in physical agony .
The buzzing insects stung attendees indiscriminately, making them scatter in all directions fighting for individual survival. In the midst of the chaos, the mourners left their deceased loved ones behind in their coffins.
Joint burial services involving multiple denominations are a customary practice in Akoefe. The venue was characterised by numerous trees providing a natural canopy for events.
The Akoefe District Pastor of EPCG, Rev. Justice Senyo Blekor, recounted the ordeal to The Mirror , stating that approximately 400 mourners from the three churches were present when the bees swarmed during the reading of tributes.
The deceased included two members of EPCG, two from the Global Evangelical Church, and one associated with the Lighthouse Chapel International.
After several hours, each bereaved family returned quietly to the scene, where they quietly carried their deceased loved ones to the cemetery for individual burials .
This unexpected incident left many in shock, as residents confirmed that such an incident had never occurred at the venue before.
Rev. Blekor noted that the churches planned to collaborate with traditional authorities to fumigate the trees in the park, to hopefully prevent the recurrence of similar incidents in the future.
The cause of the bee attack remains unknown to local residents who shared their concerns with The Mirror.