Tension mounts between Ashiyie traditional council; Fulani chiefs in Adentan

Tension is mounting between Ashiyie traditional council and Fulani herdsmen over the renaming of a community in Ashiyie near Adentan in Accra.

The community which is known to residents as “Fulani” for over 35years due to the heavy presence of the herdsmen, is facing opposition by the Ashiyie traditional council.

According to the Ashiyie  traditional council, they were original custodians of the land but gave out the land to the Fulani herdsmen for farming purposes.

A member of the Ashiyie traditional council, Jacob Tetteh who spoke to Joy News’ Kwakye Afreh Nuamah disclosed that they intend naming the suburb “Ashiyie” in order to stop the encroachers from possessing the land which is an inheritance to their descendants.

But Chief of the Fulani community, Alhassan Fuseini has vowed to resist any attempt to rename the community.

He added that their claim to the land is based upon an agreement they previously reached with the Ashiyie traditional council, after which they doled out livestock in exchange of the asset.

It is not yet clear how the two factions intend to resolve the differences.

Over the past few years, the Fulani herdsmen have been subject of  numerous accusations by inhabitants in the country.

In 2011, the herdsmen were embroiled in a dispute with inhabitants of Agogo in the Ashanti Region. The residents claimed that the Fulanis have their cattle graze freely on their farms destroying food crops in the process.

The inhabitants also accused the nomads of murder, rape, armed robbery and any other inhuman treatment.

In a move to settle the impasse, an agreement was reached to resettle the herdsmen.

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