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General News of Friday, 19 January 2018

Source: citifmonline.com

Sekyere district in fear as herdsmen ‘takeover’ the area

Fleeing nomadic herdsmen from Agogo in the Ashanti Region, are reportedly settling down in their numbers in the Sekyere Central District of the region.

Areas such as Nsuta, Esereso, Ntrodo, Nkodua-Aframso among others, are now the new destination for the herdsmen.

Speaking to Citi News, Nsuta Police Commander, DSP Charles Atuah, said even though they have found the nomadic herdsmen at these areas, they will need intensive actions to be able to move them due to possible violent behaviours. “Since last Friday, we have been embarking on series of operation to such areas to monitor, where they are located, even yesterday [Wednesday], we were on the ground at 12:00noon and truly we found most of them positioning at vantage points. Those that we have come in touch with, we want them to proceed, but yet we need a lot of intensive actions to be taken against them, because you know how these people are,” he said.

Charles Atuah said the district is constraint logistically and handling such a matter is beyond their control.

Meanwhile, residents of the Sekyere Central District are calling on the government to act to stop the migration.

The District Chief Executive for the area, Kwadwo Bediako Banahene, has declared war on the herdsmen saying the police and military will be used to evict them if they refuse to leave the town.

He said the district cannot contain them, and he will not allow what happened at Agogo to happen in his district.

“The only thing we can do is what happened at Agogo, so the military men and policemen, that were asked by the national security should come help us out, because our people here have been farmers for a very long time, and that is where they live and if we are not very careful, what happened at Agogo, may also happen here,” he said.



200 military, police deployed to Agogo

Government recently dispatched about 200 personnel drawn from the military and police service to Agogo to flush out nomadic herdsmen who are reportedly terrorizing residents of those areas.

A statement signed by a Deputy Minister of Information, Curtis Perry Kwabia Okudzeto, said the joint security team has been tasked to “push back the herdsmen from new areas they have occupied, arrest perpetrators of recent acts of violence for prosecution, and augment the efforts of Operation Cow Leg, an ongoing security operation aimed at dealing with the activities of herdsmen in the area.”