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Posted: 06 Aug 2019


A staff of the Wildlife Division of Forestry Commission, Mr. Eric Bukari ,was shot and severely wounded by a poacher in the wee hours of 25th July, 2019, in the Kruwa Beat of the Kakum National Park.

Eric Bukari, in the company of two other colleagues, were on their normal patrol duties when the spotted a poacher with a hunting lamp on his forehead. They laid ambush till the hunter got close to where they were.

Eric Bukari then ordered the hunter to surrender and at that point, the poacher shot him at close range, put off the headlamp and bolted. The two other staff immediately called for help from Cape Coast , carried the profusely bleeding Bukari to a point where they could put him in a vehicle and rushed him to the Cape Coast Central Hospital. Health professionals   at the Hospital performed an over four- and -a half -hour surgery on him to stabilise his condition. He is currently responding to treatment at the Hospital.


The Chief Executive of Forestry Commission, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, and his Deputy, Mr. J.M. Allotey,  and other officials paid him a visit at the Hospital to wish him well and also supported him and his family financially . Mr Owusu Afriyie condemned the attack on the staff and promised to leave no stone unturned to get the perpetrator (s) to face the full rigours of the law.  


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