THE National Security is conducting an exercise aimed at addressing the menace of the Fulani herdsmen in the country, some of whom have gained notoriety in the country for destruction of farms, engagement in armed robbery and rape.
“We will not give details, but after the operations, the concerns of Ghanaian will be allayed. Adequate measures have been put in place to contain them,” the Minister of the Interior, Mr Mark Owen Woyongo, has assured.
He was responding to concerns raised at a meeting with the editorial management of The Ghanaian Times, during his working visit to the New Times Corporation on Wednesday.
Mr Woyongo said the issue of some Fulani herdsmen engaged in criminal activities in the country was a matter of great concern to the security agencies adding, “during my rounds across the country, I get to hear of full of complaints about the Fulani herdsmen”.
He said the issue had engaged the attention of the security agencies and that they had finished conducting the “exercise” in the Eastern Region, and now moving to the Ashanti and Northern regions and “at the end of it all the concerns of Ghanaian would be addressed”.
Some Fulanis who herd cattle from neighbourIng countries into Ghana under the ECOWAS protocol on free movement have, on numerous occasions engaged in a number of criminal activities, including the destruction of food crops, setting fire to bush, rape and armed robbery.
Efforts at flushing them out of the country through special operations, have not yielded the desired impact as some communities across the country continue to tolerate them.
The latest is the joint-miltary special operation code-named “Operation Cow Leg” by the Volta Regional Security Council to flush them out of the region.
The Ghana Network for Peace Building, as part of its newly introduced project code named, “Ghana Alert” identified the activities of some Fulani herdmen as a major security threat in the country.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman