Over 260 Fulani herdsmen flee to Bole

Over 260 Fulani herdsmen flee to Bole

- Over 260 Fulani herdsmen have fled to Bole as refugees following a conflict between them and the Brifos at Bouna

- They were chased out of the town by the locals in Bouna who were said to be angered by the continued destruction of their farms by the animals of the herdsmen

- The DISEC suspected there could be a spillover of the conflict to Ghana since it was close to Bole and quickly called in the military to take a recce at the border

Over 260 Fulani herdsmen flee to Bole

Photo credit: Graphiconline/ A section of the stranded looking herdsmen

Over 260 Fulani herdsmen are reported to have run to the Bole District in the Northern Region as refugees following a conflict between them and the Brifos at Bouna.

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The Brifos are an Ivorian ethnic group at Bouna, a border town near Bole in Ghana.

The escaping cattle herders and their families, mostly children and women, ran to Ghana after they were chased out of the town by the locals in Bouna who were said to be angered by the continued destruction of their farms by the animals of the herdsmen.

ASP Eric Awiadem, confirming the development to newsmen, explained that on Friday, March 25, this year, the Bole District Security Committee (DISEC) was informed of a conflict between the Fulani herdsmen and the Brifo people.

According to him, the DISEC suspected there could be a spillover of the conflict to Ghana since it was close to Bole and quickly called in the military to take a recce at the border in order to prevent any eventuality.

A joint police and military officers brought the Fulanis from Bouna to Bole.

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He added that the Fulanis who were running across the border could have been attacked by the other Brifos living in Ghana around the border had it not been the presence of the military.

ASP Awiadem revealed that the Fulanis have been provided with shelter in Bole, saying they did not come with their cattle.

"We don't want them to bring their cattle here to cause any trouble to our farmers," he said.

Meanwhile, Awiadem denied earlier media reports that the military had invaded the town.

Elizabeth Salifu, the PRO of the Sixth Garrison Public Relations Officer (PRO), when contacted, said the military received an order to move to the area to assist the police.

"We were called to assist the police and to provide escort services to those who were crossing over to Bole", she stated.

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