Ashanti Regional police commander to be hauled before Parliament

Ashanti Regional police commander to be hauled before Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has added his voice to the already simmering situation involving what Ghanaians see as the threat of their lives by some Fulani herdsmen.

The Speaker on Wednesday, demanded a purported tape where it is alleged that the Ashanti Regional Police Chief, Nathan Kofi Boakye, allegedly called the NPP MP, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, via phone last, where he threatened to arrest him for inciting violent attacks against the Fulanis.

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Parliament has waded into the recurring issue of disagreements between Fulani herdsmen and residents of Asante Akyim Agogo in the Ashanti Region, by requesting for an audio tape on which the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, allegedly threatened to arrest the MP for the area, for inciting violent attacks against the Fulanis.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, made the request on Wednesday when the matter came up for discussion.

The Ashanti Regional Police Chief, Nathan Kofi Boakye, allegedly called the NPP MP, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, via phone last Thursday, where he accused him of inciting the angry youth against the Fulanis and threatened to arrest him.

The MP for the constituency joined the residents to embark on a demonstration which allegedly left one Fulani dead.

A report monitored in the region also indicated that, two natives whose identity were not readily available, have been shot dead following the renewed clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers.

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The legislators are said to be infuriated by the comments of the renowned police man for infringing of the right of the MP and therefore are calling on the Speaker to haul Mr Boakye before the house and sanction him appropriately since the police commander acted against the laws of Ghana which says that an MP can only be arrested by going through laid down parliamentary procedures.

Meanwhile, a Security Analyst, Dr. Kwesi Aning, has described as xenophobic the massive public outcry against the nomadic Fulani men in Agogo.

He bemoaned the lackadaisical attitude of those in authority towards curbing the situation when it first erupted years ago.

According to him, the country’s leaders have failed woefully to curb the situation when it first erupted several years ago. He described it as institutional failures when simple issues that could have been easily avoided where left unattended.

“We’ve gotten here because we can’t face the truth. We’ve gotten here because lies have triumphed over reality. We have allowed a simple solvable problem to become an intractable problem and an intractable potentially violent conflict. Where we have gotten to in the last couple of days also reflect a much larger set of institutional failures,” he argued.

Dr. Ening was speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday, when he was called upon to share his opinion on the recent impasse in Agogo.

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