12 February 2019

Ghana: Renewed Clash Between Herdsmen, Farmers At Ahomahomaso

Begoro — A renewed clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Ahomahomaso near Begoro in the Fanteakwa District of the Eastern Region, has resulted in the killing of a cattle and destruction of properties belonging to the herdsmen, last Friday.

The aggrieved farmers, numbering about 70, clad in red arm band and attire, armed with machetes, and chanting war songs, allegedly attacked the herdsmen in an attempt to flush them out of the area.

The farmers claimed the herdsmen had destroyed their crops, polluted water bodies and unleashed terror on women and children, but if the police failed to act despite the numerous complaints.

The aggrieved farmers allegedly invaded settlements of the herdsmen in the bush gave warning shots, causing some of the herdsmen to escape into nearby bushes.

Rose Tetteh, a wife of one of the Fulani herdsmen, explained to the police that some of the aggrieved farmers broke into their bedroom, forced opened her bag and bolted away with six pieces of cloth after they had attempted to lynch her and her husband.

Briefing the Ghanaian Times on the incident, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh explained that on Friday, February 8, at about 10a.m. the police had information that a group of men armed with guns had attacked the herdsmen.

He said when the police got to the scene, the said group clad in red attire and hand bands chanted war songs and issued death threats to the herdsmen.

Supt Tetteh said the group fled when they saw the police leaving behind one unregistered single barreled shot gun, believed to belong to one of the members of the group, called Atsu.

ASP Tetteh told the Ghanaian Times that "several empty cartridges were found at the scene, and seventeen cattle were observed, shot and killed with gunshot wounds on each of them, but the owners could not be located".

He said efforts were also being made to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

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