Clashes between Fulani herdsmen, farmers claim 9 lives

Nine persons have been killed in three communities in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region, following separate clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

The tragedy occurred in bushes in Dwerebeafe, Aboyan and Mpeamu communities in the district.

A farmer and a 12-year old boy, who suffered gunshot wounds, are currently on admission at the Kwahu Government Hospital.

Some of the deceased have been identified as Mahamadu Bahashi, 34, Molansu Osman, 33, and Bube Osman, 23, all Fulani herdsmen.

The deceased farmers, include Sulley Yaw, also known as Yaw Kitiwa, 28, Kwesi Asiama, 45, and his brother Kwesi Boateng, 43.

Minister of State in-charge of National Security, Mr Bryan Acheampong, who made these known, said others were yet to be identified.

He said all the deceased have been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary at Atibie pending autopsy.

At an emergency meeting of the Kwahu East District Assembly at the weekend, he said, police re-enforcement had been dispatched from Accra to beef up security and restore peace in the area.

Mr Acheampong, who doubles as Member of Parliament for the Abetifi constituency, advised cattle owners to send their cattle to the fodder Banks in the Afram Plains to ensure peace in the area.

He expressed worry that series of meetings and consultations between the chiefs, cattle owners, security personnel and the Fulani herdsmen to resolve the conflict between the parties had failed.

Recounting the incident, Assembly Member for the Hwehwee electoral area Mr Solomon Aboagye,was informed that three days ago the two brothers at Mpeam, one of the affected communities did not return home from farm.

He said a search party dispatched found their bodies drenched in blood from gunshot wounds and the police was subsequently informed.

By Times Reporter

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