Nomadic Fulanis who were flushed out of the Volta Region in a police-cum-military exercise mid-last year, dubbed ‘Operation Cow Leg,’ have returned with more than 10,000 cattle, thus causing a lot of problems for the locals.
While their animals are destroying the farms, the herdsmen are terrifying the indigenes, physically attacking them and sexually assaulting their women and children.
There are currently about 200 Fulani herdsmen scattered in the communities of Srekpe, Tedafenui, Okudzeto farms area, Amenorkope and Aflavenu in the Central Tongu District.
Meanwhile, an 80-year-old woman who was molested by the Fulanis is fighting for her life at a health facility at Dorfor-Adidome.
The woman’s crime? She caught the Fulanis red-handed harvesting her crops on her farm and told them to stop.
The District Chief Executive for Central Tongu, Madam Mary Agbenyenu, confirmed this to The Ghanaian Times at Adidome yesterday.
“We have discovered that some greedy land owners are collaborating with the Fulanis for paltry gains,” the DCE revealed.
She said that the Fulanis and their herds returned to the district two months ago, and have destroyed most of the farms in the area they occupied.
On daily basis, Madam Agbenyenu said, the violent Fulanis attempt to rape the women and school girls on their way to the farms and schools.
“So I have now engaged the services of escorts for the girls on their way to school and back,” the DCE said.
According to her, the nomads have armed themselves with long knives which they used to subject everyone in sight to terror.
“And once they harvest the maize and cassava, they let their animals devour the plants and then set the farms on fire,” Madam Agbenyenu added.
She said that the assembly was in the process of adopting ruthless measures in dealing with the invading nomads.
A large number of Fulanis and their herds have occupied some parts of the Akatsi North District as well.
The Akatsi North DCE, James Gunu said that the security agencies and the Volta Regional Minister had been informed about the return of the Fulanis, adding that, “very soon we shall deal with them”.
From Alberto Mario Noretti,