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Venomous snakes invade Ejisu Municipality; residents blame angry gods

BY: Donald Ato Dapatem

Venomous snakes in their hundreds have invaded two communities in the Ejisu Municipality causing fear and panic among the people.

The black snakes, said to have invaded Essienimpong and Kwaaso four days ago usually come around 7pm and hide in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

In one particular house, the occupants told Graphic Online that a total of 67 snakes have been killed as of now;  21 in four bedrooms,  16 in the washroom, and the rest on the compound.

They said on Wednesday night during a power outage, many snakes were spotted and hence people, especially the youth, protected themselves by wearing wellington boots and moved from house to house to kill the snakes.

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Some residents in the communities attributed the snake invasion to the gods, while others also believe that it is due to the onset of the rain.

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Kwaku Nti who suspects the gods were angry said the youth in recent times have been engaging in illicit sex in the bush, and thereby infuriating the gods to send the snakes that move in groups of five and six.

A fear-gripped chop bar owner, Abena Anosowaa said she no longer felt safe sleeping in her house, after about 15 snakes were killed there.

She said her children and friends have killed more than 10 snakes in her chop bar popularly known as Sankwan.

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Richard Boampong said after killing 63 snakes on Tuesday and 34 on Wednesday, he had moved his family to Kumasi.

No one has been bitten by any of the snakes.