Agogo Residents Embargo Akuako Sarpongs 40th Anniversary Until Solution Is Found To Fulani Herdsmen Menace

Nana Akuoko Sarpong, paramount chief of Agogo

Nana Akuoko Sarpong, paramount chief of Agogo

RESIDENTS OF Agogo in the Asante Akyem District of the Ashanti Region are beating the war drums, in the face of the inability of the security agencies and traditional leaders to address the chronic Fulani atrocities on their farmers.

They have been provoked by the laggard attitude of security agencies and the Agogo Traditional Council (ATC) to adhere to the Supreme Court ruling, which orders security apparatus in Ghana to drive away Fulani herdsmen from the Agogo area.

They have, therefore, warned that until a solution was found to the problem, Nana Akuako Sarpong’s 40th anniversary, as paramount chief for the area, would not be observed in March, as scheduled. Fulani herdsmen are still wrecking havoc on poor farmers in the farming community, noted for production of tomatoes, watermelon, onions, garden eggs, pepper, cabbage and many others, to the national food basket.

The recent atrocity involved the killing of a fetish priest by an 18 year old, Aliu Baba, a Fulani herdsman.  The activities of Fulani herdsmen in Agogo has led to immeasurable economic losses, massive social distress and above all raping of women and the barbaric murder and maiming of several citizens, yet  not a single perpetrator has been arrested and prosecuted.

At a news conference held at Russia Park in Agogo by Agogoman, where ATC was invited, the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Mr. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang told news men that no chief will be allowed to sit to celebrate any festival or anniversary of any kind, and added that “any person who illegally keeps cattle on Agogo land should take them away, within the next 24 hours”

MP Baah Agyeman stated that, officially there is no cattle ranch in the Afram Plains and that any cattle coming from that end will be considered as a stolen animal.  “We are consulting the police to erect barriers and check points at the entry points to Agogo, to arrest and possibly destroy any illegal transport”.

He was emphatic that the 40 years anniversary of the Chief of Agogo, Nana Akuoko Sarpong in March will not see the light of the day. The MP, who has lost his 55.5 acre plantain farm, after unknown Fulani herdsmen set it ablaze, charged citizens of Agogo to discard and shun any announcement from the ATC.

Mr. Ernest Owusu Bempah, a leading member of the National Democratic Party (NDP), said the Ghanaian constitution backs every Ghanaian to live and work on his or her land peacefully, but this fundamental right has been trampled upon by aliens, under the watch of the Police and threatened that they will fight for their freedom, even if they have to be armed to face the Fulani herdsmen squarely.

He took a swipe at the police, saying they are in bed with the Fulani people, so much so that when they arrest them, they swiftly grant them bail. Parliamentary candidate for ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mary Awusi expressed worry about stakeholder’s inability to contain these cattle rearers.

She noted that if Owusu Bempah claims he will supply arms to people of Agogo, she will come for one, in preparation to fight the Fulanis. Before the press conference came to an end, the irate residents invoked the river god, Antoa Nyama, on any Agogo citizen who aids and abets with the Fulani people.

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