BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—Shock and confusion reigned supreme in Nchoko Amiri community, Oru East local council area of Imo State, as an 83-year old woman, Madam Nwanyiaro Orji, was reportedly stung to death by a swarm of bees.
It was gathered that the aged woman went to use the convenience located at the back of the family house when suddenly people heard an unusual noise.
A villager, who identified himself as Joe, told Vanguard that they thought the noise came from a bunch of ripe bread fruit tree at the backyard, pointing out that they never knew it was the beehive on top of the bread fruit tree.
He said: “The angry bees, which home had been dislodged, started stinging everybody within the vicinity, including the aged woman’s step-son, who was in the kitchen at the time.”
It was further gathered that as the bees were having a field day on his step-mother, the young man made a spirited attempt to pull her away from the scene.
He added: “This did not work as the aged woman was not agile enough to scamper into safety with her step-son. The boy hurriedly left the scene.”
Some youths later organised themselves, bought some cans of insecticide, wrapped themselves properly and went after the bees.
Joe said: “After winning the battle against the bees, the young men rescued the old woman and quickly rushed her to a nearby private hospital, where the medical team did everything possible to save her life. The woman died the next day.”