E/R: Police deployed to deal with renewed nomadic herdsmen-farmers clashes

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The Eastern Regional Security Council has deployed forces to the Eastern Region town of Kwahu Dwerebease to protect lives and property.

The move follows renewed attacks on community folk by some nomadic herdsmen in three communities which left ten people dead, with many others fleeing their homes.

According to Eastern Region Minister and chairman of the Security Council, Eric Kwakye Darfur, community leaders have also been consulted to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The resolutions reached at the REGSEC meeting are as follows:

1. Hold a press briefing to inform all about the current state of affairs in Kwahu East, and also allay the fears of the inhabitants in the area that the security in the region is handling the issue to ensure their safety.

2. Members of the REGSEC will also visit the affected areas in Kwahu East on Monday, November 6, 2017. As part of the visit, another meeting with the Fulani leadership in Kwahu, Chiefs, Farmers and other stakeholders will be held to further discuss the issue.

3. A proposal for addressing the Fulani menace submitted to REGSEC by the Kwahu Hene will be looked into.

4. Operation Cow leg to the Rescue – Council is of the opinion that if funds could be made available for the Operation CowLeg just as it’s being done for Operation Vanguard, a lot could be achieved. REGSEC will propose it to National security for consideration.

5. REGSEC considering the need to revive the fodder bank system and possibly propose to the government to create a fodder bank around the Dwerebease enclave.

Over 100 residents fled their homes in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region following separate reprisal attacks between nomadic herdsmen and some community members at Dwibease and Wheewhee communities.

So far, eight persons have been reported dead, according to police. Among the dead are five nomadic herdsmen and three local residents.


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