The member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North Constituency, Mr. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang is once again at loggerheads with the security agencies in the Ashanti Region, over how to deal with the never-ending threats of Fulani herdsmen within the constituency.
The MP has called on his constituents to arm themselves wherever they are. He is further encouraging them to adopt self-protective mechanisms by shooting any cattle found grazing on their farms.
But the Ashanti Regional Police Command, through its personnel at the Asante Akim North District, has clashed with the legislator over the “shoot-to-kill fatwa” and is threatening to arrest the MP for causing fear and panic.
The police said it is regrettable that a Member of Parliament, who should know the rules, is now encouraging people to take the law into their own hands in order to cause chaos and disorder.
But Hon. Baah Agyemang contends that since the security agencies in the region have failed to offer residents the needed protection from the constant threats from the Fulani herdsmen, in the face of alleged raping of women and destruction of farm produce, the only thing the constituents can do is to engage in self-protection.
He further lamented that the government, the National Security and the Police Service had failed to comply with the order of the court, which ruled that the Fulani herdsmen must be driven out of the Agogo communities.
The MP regretted that the nomads and their grazing cattle, continue to threaten lives and destroy farm produce under the watchful eyes of authorities
“We cannot sit down and allow these Fulanis to continue to threaten the peace and socio-economic development of our people, from all indications our leaders are not ready to help and so I have instructed that any cattle that invades their farms must be shot and killed,” the MP told The Chronicle in an interview.
According to him, the decision was as a result of consensus reached between him and the various chiefs and people in order to protect lives and properties.
The MP said they could no longer rely on the security agencies to protect them, stressing that he has also declined an invitation by the local police for an amicable settlement.
“The Regional Security Coordinator has said time and again that intelligence available to him indicates that the Fulani herdsmen are no more there, this is in spite of the several cries and lamentations of the indigenes, so how then can we trust the security to offer us protection,” he queried.
Source: Issah Alhassan, Kumasi/D-Guide
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