Agogo Fulani menace Ashanti Regional Security Council rules out outright removal of cattle

Youth in the town took to the streets on Tuesday to compel government to act on a court directive to drive out the nomads.  

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Cattle [file photo] play

Cattle [file photo]

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The Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon has said that demands for the removal of cattle from Agogo may not happen anytime soon due to the complexity of the issue.

The herdsmen have been accused of destroying farms and water sources with their cattle.

Two months ago, the traditional council of the area, issued an ultimatum to the herdsmen to vacate the area by March 31 but residents argue that the Fulani herdsmen are still in the enclave destroying farms and tormenting farmers.

Youth in the town took to the streets on Tuesday to register their displeasure at government’s failure to address the issue of the nomadic herdsmen and to compel government to act on a court directive to drive out the nomads. 


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Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon in suit play

Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon in suit


The Ashanti Regional Security Council announced an eminent RESEC meeting to deal with the herdsmen crisis after the protest. Reacting to the demands on the side-lines of the meeting, the honourable said it will be difficult to remove all cattle from the area.

“The issue is complex in nature. At times, you go and patrol the whole area, you wouldn’t meet anybody. You will later come and see destruction so handling it is a bit different from what we normally think it should be. And that’s the complexity. That is why we think that communities should understand because they have been with them for so long. We need to understand ourselves,” he told the media.

Hon. Ackon would not give timelines but urged residents to understand the complexity of the issue.

“We cannot give a timeline for pushing cattle because there are Ghanaians who have cattle. We shouldn’t behave as if Ghanaians don’t need the cattle… Because of the destruction, we have to act in a manner that will bring peace to the community,” he noted.

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