Farmer killed as Fulanis strike again

Fulani herdsmen have allegedly attacked some farmers at Kowereso in the Asante Akyem North of Ashanti, resulting in the death of one person and another being seriously injured in the late hours of Friday.

Police identified the deceased as 35-year-old Kwame Ofiri, and the injured as Kofi Amoako.

The police said one of the Fulanis, named as Yakubu Tamtugi (also known as Yaw Yakubu) was injured.

According to the Konongo Divisional Police Commander, Supt. Ohene Boadi Bossman, the Fulani herdsmen were said to have stormed the Kowereso village on a motorbike and engaged the farmers in a shoot-out at about 1 a.m. on Friday.

He indicated that prior to the Kowereso attack, Yakubu and his gang had attacked some farmers at Senkye, near Serebuoso, in the Kumawu area, where Kwame Ofiri was killed.

In the second attack, the farmers engaged the Fulani herdsmen in a shoot-out that saw Yakubu being hit at the back.

“By the time the police got wind of the incidents, the suspects were nowhere to be found and we had to convey the body and injured to the Agogo Government Hospital,” Supt Bossman noted.

Barely two weeks ago, there was a similar clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the locals at Akokoninter and Kyekyerebon, two communities on the Kumawu-Agogo border, which resulted in the killing of three locals.

According to Supt. Bossman, “the police have engaged in night patrols in the plains which is so vast that we cannot be everywhere at the same time”.

He said “there were only 30 policemen in the area, 10 patrolling in the day, while the remaining 20 take over in the night.” He gave the assurance that the police would do all they could to bring the perpetrators to book, and asked the Agogo residents to have faith in the police.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Konongo    

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