General News of Friday, 22 June 2012
The committee setup by the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to oversee the movement of Fulani herdsmen from the Agogo traditional area has recommended their forcible eviction.
The committee chaired by the Regional Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Alex Daary, has given the nomads a month’s grace period to leave or be forced out.
It follows their refusal to move voluntarily by the end of last April.
Luv FM’s Kwabena Ampratwum reports that Mr Alex Daary who presented the report to the Ashanti Regional Minister, said the committee recommended the eviction of the Fulani Herdsmen among others.
“Several opinions expressed by this committee are that the activities of the Fulani herdsmen have adversely affected crop cultivation and disrupted social life in the Agogo area.
“And therefore, as the High Court has ordered, the cattle and for that matter the Fulani herdsmen have to be flushed out from the villages mentioned earlier in the report.”
He noted that as at the end of April, only two cattle owners had voluntarily vacated the area as the rest failed to comply with the agreed decision.
“The committee hereby recommends to REGSEC the application of forceful eviction with the herdsmen and their cattle from the Agogo land, the implementation of this should be in accordance with the action plan, which is submitted.”
However, the Ashanti REGSEC has given the herdsmen up to the 21st of July to vacate the area.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr kwaku Agyemang Mensah said the security personnel would be on standby to flush out the Fulani herdsmen if they flout the directive.