Members of the Agogo Youth Association (AYASS), a youth group at Agogo in the Ashanti Region, have resolved to get rid of Fulani herdsmen in the area.
Led by two prominent citizens of the area, Communication Director of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Ernest Owusu Bempah and the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, the indigenes gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the nomadic herdsmen to leave the town or face the consequences.
“Officially there is no cattle ranch on Agogo land at Afram Plains. Any cattle coming from that end is considered stolen and we shall not permit any such cattle to pass through Agogo,” the MP stated, adding that “any person who may have illegally kept cattle on Agogo land should within the next 24 hours remove them.”
Mr Agyemang further implored the residents to disregard any announcement from any chief regarding a meeting or festival, including the 40thanniversary celebration of the paramount chief for the area, Nana Akuoku Sarpong, until Fulani herdsmen were flushed out.
Addressing a press conference at Agogo last Monday, Mr Bempah also stated that the indigenes had vowed to go all out to ensure that the Fulani herdsmen left the town.
He said the time had come for the citizens to defend themselves and not to rely anymore on the security services.
“We will not rely on anybody but rely on ourselves. Let’s come together to sack these Fulanis from here,” he said.
Mr Bempah was, however, quick to add that “we are not preaching violence,the security is there to protect us. If they are not here to protect us, we will defend ourselves.”
He accused the police of conniving with the Fulani herdsmen to destroy their farms and also attack them at the least provocation.