‘Fulani herdsmen more dangerous than Boko Haram’
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Fanteakwa has described the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Agogo and other parts of the country as akin to the atrocities committed by deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The DCE speaking on Adom FM’s Burning Issues Programme on Wednesday said the nomadic group who are reported to have destroyed several farms and properties in the country are becoming more destructive than the militant group operating in Nigeria and other West/Central African countries.
“The activities of Fulani herdsmen in my area are more destructive and dangerous than that of group Boko Haram…they are no different from the deadly Boko Haram militant group in the sub region,” Abass Fuseini Sbaabe told Afia Pokua.
The Fulani in Agogo and its environs have been accused of undertaking various atrocities such as rape, killings and the destruction of properties valued at millions of Ghana cedis.
The Chiefs of Agogo in a press release estimated that close to 40 innocent persons have been shot and killed by these Fulani herdsmen.
Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has dispatched a combined team of Police and Military to the area to keep peace.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Chief of Army Staff subsequently visited the location to apprise themselves with the state of security on the ground.
But the DCE said he has received information that the Fulani herdsmen driven from Asante Akyem Agogo and other areas of the Afram Plains are on their way to Fanteakwa through the Kwahu Plains.
He however said that the district is not ready to entertain the Fulani herdsmen in his district since according to him, those already in the district failed to honour their portion of agreements between them and the Assembly.
The agreements established between the Assembly and the Cattle owners, he said involved Fulani herdsmen wearing marked jackets and also painting their animals for easy identification.
But the Fulani herdsmen and cattle owners failed to honour this agreement.
“We cannot entertain Fulani herdsmen and their cattle in my district anymore because they’re not law abiding…,” he said.
To this end, the DCE said he and the District Security Council (DISEC) have put in place various measures to drive the Fulani herdsmen out of the district.
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