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What Killed Bature…The Inside Story


Details are emerging as to what might have contributed to the demise of Alhaji Iddrisu Bature, Editor of the Al-Hajj Newspaper.

The Political commentator, founder and the first host of Radio Gold’s current Affairs Programme-Alhaji And Alhaji talk show died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Friday where he had been on admission. Unofficial reports suggest he had suffered a stroke attack.

Close family sources say he lost his speech and struggled a lot.

Alhaji Bature, a known sympathiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was a regular panelist on popular political talk shows on both radio and television.

The 60-year-old senior journalist was buried over the weekend under Islamic rights but close allies claim accounts of his possible cause of his death are spurious.


Amos Blessing, News Editor and spokesperson for the family told Radio Gold over the weekend that Alhaji Bature was not dead as at the time it was being speculated on social media.

“And in fact, at the time the news was moving around on social media, it was indeed not true…” indicating that it was later that the man he described as his boss passed.

“I was in the hospital in the morning. I left briefly hoping to meet him but I started receiving calls from all over Ghana that my boss had joined his Maker so quickly I placed a call to the family members I left at the hospital, they told me it’s not true.”

It was later that he passed adding that “initially I was in the state of denial, it wasn’t easy for me…”

Amos explained “About three weeks ago, he complained of… you know as humans sometimes you feel you are not too well so he asked a few of us and we took him to Barnor Memorial Hospital and subsequently, he was referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital until his untimely heartbreaking death around 3pm yesterday (Friday.)

Spurious Reports

The Al-Hajj News Editor however indicated that “after the burial, we will put out another statement debunking spurious publications our attention has been drawn to.”

“Those are false (reports) and whoever put them out, I don’t know what purpose the person intended it to serve.”

Amos contended: “I state on authority that that publication is spurious, it’s a pure concoction, it’s a figment of the imagination of whoever churned that information out.”

Meanwhile, Samuel Ablordepey, the Radio Gold reporter reporting from the Nima residence of the late Bature stated that the former Al- Hajj newspaper Publisher died of stroke.

He was married with two wives and four children.

By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher

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