The police and the military are in Agogo to drive out some Fulani herdsmen who are reported to have been violently harassing the people around there.
Lately, the Fulani herdsmen who rear their cattle around Agogo area have caused serious havoc in the community. The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has deployed a joint police and security task force into the Asante Akyem town of Agogo to beef up security in the area. This is to equally control the alarming situation in the area and it is said that the operation will remain active in the area until March 2016.
The Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tanko Mohammed, has pointed out that the fulani herdsmen are of two kinds – those who have been registered under the district and operate on normal grounds; and those who are from Burkina Faso but who wandered to the Agogo areas and had their cattle mess up the places where there is little grass at the unregistered locations.
This has caused serious disagreements between them and Agogo people which has escalated into bloody fights leading to the deaths of many.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, had blamed the Member of Parliament for Agogo, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman and Owusu Bempah, a native of Agogo for inciting the people of the town against the Fulanis, which has led to the recent atrocities.
According to reports, over 20 people have died in these violent exercises. On Tuesday, a 25-year-old farmer was reported to have been shot dead by a Fulani herdsman after a strong disagreement between him and the nomad over his farm. The youths in Agogo had pressed on their chief to drive out the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle. This then led to the MP giving a 24 hour ultimatum to the chief to drive the men away, hence causing DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye to threaten to arrest the MP.
There are high hopes that the consistent presence of the the force around the area would restore order and call both the herdsmen and the locals to order.