The Asante-Akim North District Chief Executive (DCE), Francis Oti Boateng, has been talking tough, vows to flush out nomadic Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from their lands. “In this era, you cannot say, you are rearing animals on free range. We are not going to relent in our efforts.”
This comes amid growing tension over alleged killing of about 30 cattle belonging the Fulani herdsmen.
The herdsmen are accusing the police at Agogo of mauling down their cattle and are threatening to protect themselves and their animals.
The prevailing situation is quite dangerous, it is a ticking bomb waiting to go off. The General Secretary of Tabital Pulaaku International, Ghana, the association of the Fulani in the country, Yakubu Musa Barry, has warned to “protect their lives and their property”.
The herdsmen have over the decades had a rocky – tensed relationship with the people of Agogo.
They have been thrown out of the Agogo portion of the Afram Plains with their cattle, where these heavily armed nomads, turned themselves literally into landlords and made life miserable for farmers, and now settled at Drobonso, in the Sekyere Afram Plains District.
From time to time, they would stray into the Agogo area to graze their cattle on food crop farms, and when this happens, their animals are shot and killed.
They are pointing accusing fingers at the police in Agogo.
Mr. Oti Boateng, who is the Chairman of the District Security Council (DISEC) however, has been defending the police, insisting that the District Police Commander has been working within the boundaries of the Asante-Akim North District.
He adds that, it is up to the herdsmen to provide evidence to the contrary. They have no problem with anybody rearing their cattle for money but what they are not going to accept, is, these cattle being let loose to destroy their farms.
They are into mechanized farming and are not going to allow the herdsmen and their cattle to destroy their investments.
Tabital Pulaaku International, Ghana, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) over the cattle killings. Its General Secretary says their people are losing their livelihoods and they are not going to allow that to continue.
There was a time the herdsmen imposed a reign of terror in the Agogo portion of the Afram Plains, cruelly murdered people, raped women and massively destroyed food crop farms. In year, 2012, a Kumasi High Court, ordered the eviction of the nomadic herdsmen and their animals from the Agogo area.
On December 8, 2018, three soldiers and a police officer, who were part of a combined military/police operation – “operation cow leg” to flush out the herdsmen and their cattle were ambushed, shot and injured by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
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