The Police has directed security officers to shoot to kill any Fulani cows which might be deliberately sent by Fulani Herdsmen to disrupt their operation in the disturbed areas.
The Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Awuntubuge Awuni who gave this order at the re-launch of the campaign ‘operation cowleg’, said this to prove that nothing would stand in the way of the Police or the Military in their bid to secure the areas of the region believed to be terrorized by the Fulani herdsmen.
120 security Personnel made up of the Military, Police and Immigration were on Monday deployed to those areas where the nomads are allegedly causing trouble. DCOP decried the Fulani saga and expressed his worries over the safety of the people residing in the disturbed areas. He said the issue has become a matter of major concern and must be decisively dealt with.
”There are occasions when cows are directed towards security personnel when they are trying to enforce law and order as far as the Fulani herdsmen are concerned and my instruction is that gun down the cows who will be directed at you.
You need to live to be able to enforce law and order but don’t just go there and start killing animals. Until your lives are put in danger, be very professional. We want to make sure that the people who live in these areas live their lives in peace” he said.
The DCOP stressed on the safety of the security officers, adding that he does not want them to come back with anyone missing, however they should not abuse the order given to them by shooting indiscriminately at the Fulani cows.
The operation which is said to last for one month is to cover areas like Fanteakwa, Upper Manya krobo, Kwahu Affram Plains South, Kwahu Affram Plains North, Dwerebease ,Abotreansa ,Kwahu East and Dokokrom, which are all in the Eastern region etc. Reports in those areas reveal that the Fulani herdsmen have been polluting the area with their cattle.