A joint military police taskforce has been deployed to Asante Akyem North and Sekyere Afraim Plains Districts of Ashanti region to restore peace following violent clashes between residents and Fulani herdsmen
According to a statement from the information ministry, the operation is in response to recent attacks on residents and security officers by nomadic herdsmen.
The statement signed by the Deputy Information Minister Perry Okudzeto outlined objectives for the operation as follows;
Push back the herdsmen from new areas they have occupied.
Arrest perpetrators of recent acts of violence for prosecution, augment the efforts of Operation Cowleg, an ongoing security operation aimed at dealing with the activities of herdsmen in the area.
The statement furthered that a programme to “restrict and ranch cattle will commence upon completion of this operation, to provide a long-term solution to the challenges associated with unrestricted cattle rearing.”
Three soldiers and a police officer, who are part of the task-force set up to evict nomadic herdsmen in the Asante Akyem North District were wounded earlier this week after they were shot by an unidentified assailant.