Police warn Kwahu people to stop attack on Fulanis

Police warn Kwahu people to stop attack on Fulanis

- DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni, has called on the chiefs and people of the Kwahu not to take the law into their hands and attack Fulani herdsmen

- A number of Fulani herdsmen had migrated to Dwerebease and Abotreansa, all in the Kwahu area ostensibly from Agogo

- The herdsmen had set farms on fire to allow the grass to germinate so that they could be used as food for their animals

- The police chief said they were ready to collaborate with the people to find a peaceful solution to the volatile situation

Eastern Regional Police commander, DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni, has called on the chiefs and people on the Kwahu Ridge, Eastern Region not to take the law into their hands and attack Fulani herdsmen.

His caution comes in the wake of a report that a number of Fulani herdsmen had migrated to Dwerebease and Abotreansa, all in the Kwahu area.

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The nomads were reported to be rampantly desecrating the source of drinking water for the indigenes with their cattle and said to have even gone ahead to block roads, mainly the one leading from Abetifi to the town and robbed the people in the surrounding villages.

DCOP Awuni called on the people to exercise patience and deal with the situation tactfully by urging them to form neighborhood watch committees and promptly alert the police on any Fulani invasion for swift action to be taken.

The police commander was briefing the GNA after a visit to the towns, and said on one of such visits, the people of Abotreansa had erected a barrier on the outskirts of the town to prevent any Fulani person from entering the town with his cattle.

They were full of fury and claimed that the herdsmen had set their farms on fire, especially cocoa farms to allow the grass to germinate so that they could be used as food for their animals.

The regional police chief said his outfit was ready to collaborate with the people to find a peaceful solution to the volatile situation and would not deal leniently with any one or group of people who took the law into their own hands.

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He therefore urged opinion leaders to bring information that would help the police to act swiftly and decisively in the event of any attack so as to maintain the peace the people are enjoying.

Some Fulani herdsmen have in recent times been attacked and had their cattle destroyed by residents of some communities for what the people saw as reprisal attacks and measures to defend their lives and properties.

Agogo and the surrounding areas has for some time been under the terror of Fulani herdsmen who inflict atrocities on the people by raping women, polluting water bodies, murdering and destroying farm produce.

Angry residents of Dumso-Bethel recently slaughtered over 80 cattle belonging to Fulani Herdsmen in a reprisal attack after their farms were allegedly disrupted by the activities of the herdsmen who encroached on the farms to graze their livestock.

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