Soldiers to be deployed against Fulani herdsmen

The Eastern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) is beefing up security in the Kwahu area to prevent Fulani herdsmen from causing trouble, and their cattle from destroying crops.

As part of the move, which is part of the ‘Operation Cowleg’ in the region, more soldiers would be deployed to assist the police to check the criminal activities of the herdsmen.

Mr. Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere, the Eastern Regional Minister, announced the REGSEC’s decision at a media briefing after a stakeholder’s meeting of REGSEC and the farmers and Fulani herdsmen, on Monday.

The meeting, which was to inform the stakeholders of the operation, followed clashes between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen four weeks ago, that led to the death of four people and injuries to one person.

Farmers in the Kwahu area continue to complain about the destruction of their farms and water bodies by the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle, which had resulted in conflicts between the two sides.

At the meeting, the Regional Minister said “We want to ensure that security is strengthened for the protection of lives and property in the region,” and warned the parties to be law abiding, adding that acts of lawlessness would not be tolerated.

The minister urged the traditional authorities in the area to consult the agriculture department in the area when allocating sites for cattle grazing saying, “We believe that when consultations are done, it would avoid a clash between the farmers and the Fulani herdsmen.”

The Okawhu Zongo Chief, Moham-med Abubakari, advised the herdsmen to keep their cattle in kraals and dig wells to provide the animals with water.

He urged the security team to arrest any herdsman found moving with his cattle between the hours of 6pm and 8 a.m.

However, one of the farmers, Nana Adjei Danso pleaded with the government to allocate a place for all cattle and Fulani herdsmen.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Kwahu Mpraeso

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