Five persons alleged to have killed cattle belonging to Fulani herdsmen in Agogo, in the Ashanti Region, have been remanded in police custody by the Asante Akyem North District Magistrate court.
The accused were alleged to have attacked a herdsman for not showing up to testify in court as a witness in a case of recent disturbances in the area.
The case has been adjourned to March 1, 2016.
Residents of Agogo have accused the herdsmen of destroying their crops and raping and killing their relatives.
They have vowed revenge after a farmer was allegedly shot and killed by a Fulani.
The residents have repeatedly accused the police of failing to act on a court order, three years ago, that recommended the eviction of the Fulanis.
A special joint taskforce of military and police personnel had earlier, been dispatched to Agogo to evict the Fulani herdsmen from the area.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area. Mr. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, had expressed disappointment at the decision by the police to prosecute the accused.
“I am very shocked about this development because the people were not caught killing the cattle. The Police met them on the way holding guns and accosted them and accused them of going for a cattle shootout,” he said.
Mr. Agyemang said the police should have cautioned the accused the first time they saw them wielding guns instead of arresting and taking them to court.
“What do they want to achieve? Do they want to cause more mayhem in the area? I don’t get it,” the MP stated, and asked the police to ensure the safety of the people, instead of victimising them.
“It is a sign of intimidating the people from defending themselves. What I know is that, people go to the farm preparing to defend themselves when they are being attacked and if the Police can’t protect them why do they harass and victimise them?”.