Three soldiers who sustained gunshot wounds after an attack by nomadic herdsmen at Agogo in the Ashanti Region, have been transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) after their conditions became critical.
The soldiers and a police officer, all members of Operation Cow Leg, were shot by herdsmen on Monday, 8 January 2018, after they had responded to a distress call by a farmer whose crops were being destroyed by cattle belonging to the Fulani.
The unknown assailants laid ambush and shot at the security officers.
The victims were initially sent to the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital for first aid but had to be referred to KATH due to the nature of their wounds.
“We realised that one of them, who had a pellet down the throat, was becoming breathless because the upper airway was becoming obstructed and the other too had sustained shots at the base of the skull, which was causing bleeding. And the third also had a pellet by the vertebral column so we had to refer [them to KATH],” a nurse at the Agogo Hospital, Emmanuel Mensah, told Joy News on Tuesday, 9 January.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Police Command has said it will not be frightened by attacks on officers of Operation Cow Leg.
According to ASP Juliana Obeng, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, the Police will continue to ensure law and order in the area as far as the activities of the Fulani herdsmen are concerned.
Speaking on this development in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM, on Tuesday, 9 January, ASP Obeng said: “We have beefed up the task force in Agogo to ensure law and order in that area as far as the Fulani menace is concerned.
“We want to assure the public that we will continue with the Operation Cow Leg to ensure that the situation is brought under control. We will not be intimidated by the attacks.”