An army of security personnel were dispatched on Wednesday to Agogo in the Asante-Akyem North district of the Ashanti Region to forestall what could turn out to be a potential turmoil following the gruesome murder of a popular fetish priest, Akwasi Badu by a Fulani man.
Baba Aliu, a 19-year-old Fulani herdsman, allegedly shot the priest Badu, also a farmer, at close range after he (Badu) had complained to Aliu in an argument that his cattle were destroying his farm. The incident is said to have happened at Koreso in the Agogo District.
Badu, according to an eye witness account died instantly after Aliu had shot him on the right cheek, killing him instantly.
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When news of Badu’s death spread to the town and surrounding areas, the youth mobilised themselves in readiness for a reprisal attack to avenge the popular priest’s death but were prevented by the police, who subsequently arrested Aliu from his hideout.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Peter Anaafi-Mensah, in an interview with newsmen said, a team of security personnel was dispatched to the area to ensure law and order after a Regional Security Council (REGSEC) meeting in Kumasi.
He indicated that his outfit would revive the “Operation Cowleg” exercise in collaboration with their Eastern Regional counterpart to effectively stem the growing activities of Fulani herdsmen in the two regions.
“We have also decided to link up with the Eastern Region to draw a strategy so that we can put up a common front to combat the situation,” Mr Anarfi Mensah disclosed.
He gave an assurance that the exercise would be aimed at protecting the affected communities and their farms, especially in Agogo and surrounding areas, from further attacks by the herdsmen.
Agogo and its surrounding towns and villages have suffered in recent years from the criminal activities of some Fulani herdsmen who travel across the West African sub-region with their cattle in search of pastures for the cattle and often times, raped, murdered and stole properties belonging to the community they find themselves in.