THE Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni has deployed 120 security personnel to drive away the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from the region.
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP, Awuni charged the security officers not to gunned down any cattle unless they are directed at them and defend themselves only in cases of attack.
DCOP Awuni gave the command on Monday when he launched ‘Operation Cow Leg’ at the offices of the Regional Coordinating Council.
‘Operation Cow Leg’ was meant to flush out Fulanis in areas such as Fanteakwa, Kwahu and the Afram Plains.
“I don’t want you to come with one of you missing; you are not by this directed to fire indiscriminately but my instruction is that you have every right to defend yourself when you come under attack. And my instruction is that; gun down the cows who will be directed at you”, he charged.
The Eastern Regional Police Chief cautioned chiefs in the area to give the security personnel free hand to work and not to distract them.
The security personnel are made up of the 30 soldiers, 90 policemen and 10 immigration officers drawn from the region.
The outgoing Eastern regional Minister, Antwi Bosiako Sekyere who is Chairman of the REGSEC briefing the media said the Fulani menace was becoming a major concern in the region and must be dealt with immediately.
He said apart from the Fulani’s activities of grazing their cattle on farm land and forest reserves, the herdsmen are also alleged to be into all sorts of crimes including armed robbery, rape, stealing, burning of farms and worst of it all, killing of farmers.
Antwi Boasiako Sekyere indicated that the Regional Security Council wants to be more proactive this time in preventing the escalation of clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the area as happened in the previous years.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Koforidua