Nsawam police save herdsmen from attack

The timely intervention of the Nsawam Police, averted a possible blood bath at Alafia village, near Adeiso, in the Eastern Region, on Monday.

The residents had attempted to attack some Fulani herdsmen who have pitched their camp in the area.

Wearing red bands and armed with stones and other implements, the agitated residents are reported to have ordered the 62 herdsmen with their cattle to vacate their settlement in the bush.

The situation nearly resulted in a confrontation, but the police arrived in time and prevented a clash.

When contacted by the Times, the Nsawam District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Akwasi Kankam-Boadu, corroborated the story and said the Command received a distress call that some people were massing up to attack the Fulani herdsmen.

He said when his men got to the area, and found the residents armed with deadly implements and protesting against the presence of the herdsmen, made up of 14 males, 19 females and 29 children.

The District Chief Executive of Adeiso, Mr Derrick Ohene Bekoe told The Ghanaian Times that when the issue came to his attention, he convened an emergency District Security Council (DISEC) meeting to address it.

He said the leader of the group, Anafi Zalika and the community leaders were invited to the meeting.

To ensure that lives and property were protected, the meeting decided that the Fulanis should be relocated from the area.

“Our major concern was security in the area, so DISEC took the decision to move them,” he stressed.

Mr. Bekoe said the Assembly provided them with a truck and a security detail to ensure that they moved from the area to avoid imminent confrontation with the agitated residents, and possible blood bath.

From Anita Nyarko,Nsawam 

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