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General News Fri, 19 Jan 2018

Agogo security men not shot by herdsmen – Fulani group challenges police

A Fulani group, Tabital Pulaaku International Ghana has raised questions about the alleged shooting of three soldiers and a police officer by nomadic herdsmen at Agogo in the Ashanti Region.

The group has challenged the account of events given by the police, saying the four security personnel were not shot by the herdsmen as the public was made to believe.

Speaking to Emefa Apawu on Joy FM’s Top Story Friday, General Secretary of Tabital Pulaaku International Ghana Yakubu Musah Barry said the police would have made some arrests if the Fulani herdsmen were behind the act.

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) is driving out nomadic herdsmen and their cattle at Agogo in the Ashanti Akyem North District.

The directive followed reports of attacks on community members and shooting of three security personnel on patrol by alleged Fulani herdsmen.

Asante Akim-North District Police Commander, ASP Samuel Azugu has been transferred to another station after clashes erupted in the community.

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Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Andy Appiah-Kubi accused him of compromising efforts to prevent Fulani herdsmen from attacking residents.

There are reports that hundreds of security officers have been dispatched to Agogo to supervise the moving out of the herdsmen and their cattle.

But the Tabital Pulaaku International Ghana has described the operation as unfortunate, claiming the residents are capitalizing on it to kill any cattle they see.

"These cattle are being shot and carried away by the policemen [and] now the indigenes have capitalized on this and they are killing the cattle. This is seriously bad," Mr Barry said.

Making a case for the cattle rearers, he said the government has to consider giving compensation packages to the herdsmen who have lost more than 1,500 cattle to the "Operation Cowleg."

"There is one person whose 180 cows have been killed...it is just deliberate to make wealth out of the herdsmen," he said, pleading with the president to intervene in the matter.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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