Tension clouds are gathering, and a nasty confrontation – a ticking bomb is waiting to go off.
The herdsmen 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, but from time to time, they would stray into off-limit areas to graze their cattle on food crop farms and when this happens, their animals are shot and killed.
They are threatening not to play dead – they are vowing a show down, to safeguard their livelihoods.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asante-Akim North, Francis Oti Boateng, is calling their bluff, saying, 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 were into mechanized farming and whenever the cattle strayed to destroy their crops they would for sure, be killed. They were not going to allow the herdsmen and their cattle to destroy their investments.
The leadership of the association, representing the Fulani in the country, Tabital Pulaaku International, Ghana, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) over the killing of the cattle belonging to the herdsmen.
Yakubu Musa Barry, the General Secretary of the Association, said their people were losing their livelihoods. He claimed that 30 cattle had so far being killed.
Relations between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen and the people of Agogo, over the decades, has been tensed. 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.
Such was the level of insecurity that women into farming had to hire men to escort them to their 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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