On Saturday 19th February 2022, the MCE of Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly, Hon. Alhaji Umar Babs Bodinga, also the Chairman of the Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC), led the Police and other security agencies to flush out nomadic Fulani herdsmen who had invaded farms and personal properties.
The exercise was informed by several complaints to the Assembly by the Kukurantumi Farmers Association, whose farms were damaged by cattle numbering in hundreds.
Hon. MCE had a peaceful deliberation with the herdsmen and it was mutually agreed that they vacate the Municipality by close of Sunday, 20th February 2022. MUSEC also established that the herdsmen who defaulted will be liable and fined for any damage caused to farm crops.
The nomadic Fulani herdsmen led by Chief Issaka Hamid thanked MUSEC for handling the situation peacefully and diplomatically. He also debunked any false claim made on social media outlets that suggested that they were brutally treated by MUSEC during earlier operations.
A similar operation to flash out the cattle was held on Friday, 4th February, 2022, in Sokode Juaso and Power Line communities in Kukurantumi was also peaceful and successful.
Hon. Alhaji Umar Babs Bodinga assured the farmers that, MUSEC is in charge of the situation and will continue to protect and defend the peaceful and serene atmosphere in the Municipality. He further sent a strong word of caution to other nomadic herdsmen who intend to invade the Municipality to rescind their decision as MUSEC will not allow that to happen.
He also admonished local cattle breeders to confine their cattle to prevent further damages to farms and called on residents to be vigilant and report any such situation to the Assembly for prompt action.
NADMO director with the Ghana Police Service Herd of Cattle