-Taskforce in Fulani-threatened areas ordered to engage dangerous herdsmen
-Some 200 joint security personnel team has already been deployed to 'crush' the menace
-Some security personnel had over the weeks been shot by the herdsmen while on duty
The police and joint taskforce team that has been deployed into Fulani-disturbed areas in some parts of Ghana have been advised to protect themselves against any harm from the Fulani herdsmen.
Superintendent Bossman Ohene-Boadi, the Konongo Divisional Police Commander is reported to have ordered his men to make their safety a priority therefore not to hesitate to engage the Fulani herdsman who posed any form of threat.
The Police Commander indicated that the taskforce were to shoot any Fulani herdsman who was holding arms so as not to get shot instead. He added that he believed in ‘safety first’ and would not want any of his men to ‘die in the bush’.
He added that the Fulani herdsmen were dangerous and would not hesitate to cause harm to life if they so wanted.
The comments of Superintendent Bossman Ohene-Boadi come on the heels of some unrests and altercations that had been recorded in the last few weeks.
It was reported that some security personnel including 3 soldiers and one police man had been shot by some of the Fulani herdsmen in the line of duty.
The act caused government to deploy some 200 joint security personnel taskforce to drive the nomads out of the lands they had occupied.
There were reports that the herdsmen had destroyed droves of farmland with their grazing cattle and had also damaged a lot of properties. There are even reports that some lives had been lost in the process.
Some residents in the area, especially farmers whose lands had been affected were believed to have clashed with some of the herdsmen who are believed to be heavily armed.
Even though the chiefs and elders have given the Fulani herdsmen an ultimatum to vacate the illegal lands they had occupied, the warning seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
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