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50 soldiers in Afram Plains to evict Fulani herdsmen


About 50 military personnel have been deployed to Kwahu Afram Plains in the Eastern Region, to help flush out nomadic herdsmen whose activities are causing havoc in the area.

The military personnel, who will be in the area for about a month, will complement the efforts of traditional authorities in their quest to fight the Fulani menace.

This follows the death of more than five people as a result of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and Indigenes especially in Kwahu East.

The Acting President of the Kwahu Traditional Council, Nana Asiedu Agyemang III, who confirmed this to newsmen said he is hopeful the presence of the military will drive out the  nomadic Fulani herdsmen.“They are army officers and recruits to help those who were initially sent to the place in driving away the Fulani herdsmen and their cows. I think they will be there for about a month.”

He explained that because the area shares border with Agogo in the Asante Region “what happens in Agogo also happens in Kwahu Afram Plains.”

“I’m told they will get the herdsmen and their cows from our land by the end of this month and thereafter they will organize a stakeholders meeting where Nananom [Chiefs] and those who want to rear the cattle and then government and the security agencies will meet to find a lasting solutions to this problem because it’s been occurring from time to time.”

Meanwhile in Sekyere Afram Plains in the same region, the District Chief Executive, Fuseini Donkor, has confirmed to the media a meeting among the District Security Council, residents, and nomads to help identify the unregistered herdsmen who should be driven out.

“We’ve invited all those heads of the Fulani community to that particular meeting so that together with the farmers, we can iron out how we can identify the resident ones and the nomads who come perennially. Those who are supposed to be there, we will give them identification and strict rules to follow. It will reduce the engagement between the herdsmen and the farmers; and it will also reduce the type of confrontations and clashes that we’ve been witnessing,” he added.

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