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Fulani herdsmen, farmers clash in Ghana claims 9 lives

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Community holds emergency meeting

By John Eche

 

Clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Dwerebeafe, Aboyan and Mpeamu in the Kwahu East District of Ghana have presently resulted in the death of nine people, The Difference has learnt.

In addition, a farmer and a 12-year-old boy, are currently on admission at the Kwahu Government Hospital with gunshot wounds even as schools in Kwahu East have been closed on account of the herdsmen’ encroachment.

Bothered by this situation, farmers are urging President Akufo-Addo to urgently tackle the challenge in the greater in terst of the people of the nation.

Also, the authorities in Berekum have announced their resolve to launch operation against the menace of Fulani herdsmen.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the dead from the recent Kwahu clashes have since been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary at Atibie for autopsy.

Confirming this ugly state of events, the Member of Parliament for the Abetifi Constituency, Bryan Acheampong, has addressed an emergency meeting of the Kwahu East District Assembly.

He said there had been series of meetings and consultations between the chiefs, cattle owners, security personnel and the Fulani herdsmen, to find a solution to the conflict between the factions but to no avail.

He therefore advised the cattle owners to send their cattle to the fodder Banks in the Afram Plains, to ensure peace in the area.

The MP, who is also a Minister of State in-charge of National Security, said police re-enforcement has been sent there to support the local security personnel to maintain law and order in the various communities.

According to Mr. Solomon Aboagye, the Assembly Member for the Hwehwee Electoral Area, he had a telephone call three days ago from Mpeam near Hweehwee that the two brothers failed to return from their farms that day, and urged the youth in the village to organise a search party to look for them the following day.

He said the youth went to their farm and found their bodies in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds, and later informed the police who went with them to convey the bodies to the Kwahu Government Hospital at Attibie.

The clashes between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen and sedentary farmers have been expanding in recent times across West and Central Africa.

In Nigeria, at least two states have since passed laws to forbid open cattle grazing which has been identified as the principal source of conflict.

In one of the states, Benue, the law comes into effect on November 1.

 

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

 

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