MP for Asante Akyem-North in the Eastern Region, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi has served notice that if the harassment of locals by Fulani herdsmen in the area gets out of hand, indigenes will take the law into their own hands and defend themselves.
He told Adakabre Frimpong Manso on Dwaso Nsem on Adom FM Wednesday that the people of Agogo and its surrounding areas have suffered enough in the hands of these Fulani’s and asked the government as a matter of urgency, to check the menace.
Kwame Anyimadu Antwi noted that due to police inaction to protect citizens, there is a perception that the police are protecting the Fulani’s rather than the indigenes of the communities.
He observed that the presence of military patrols in the area has not stopped the criminal activities of the Fulanis. He alleged that a farmer has been shot by the Fulanis and is currently on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
Kwame Anyimadu Antwi stressed that the two Fulanis who were arrested have been granted bail and the case has been left unattended to.
The MP said the government should not hide behind ECOWAS protocols and let the Fulanis off the hook. Citizens, he said, need protection.
The MP for Fanteakwa, Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah said since 2002 the Fanteakwa District Assembly has recorded 38 brutalities against inhabitants of the area by Fulani herdsmen.
He said he had tabled this on the floor of Parliament yet no measures have been taken to remedy the situation.
Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah bemoaned the situation where Fulani herdsmen are often armed and rape women in farms at gunpoint while male victims are assaulted.
He gave an instance where a watermelon farmer had his farm destroyed by cattle of a Fulani herdsman and decided to pay compensation of one Ghana cedi for each watermelon.
He added that the Fulani herdsman however rescinded his decision over the payment of the compensation and rather accused the farmer of killing his cattle.
Mr. Kwabena Amankwah Asiamah said the watermelon farmer is now out of business.
Story: Akuamoah Boateng/Adom News/Ghana
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