KWAHU WEST : Assembly to crack down on Fulani herdsmen
The Kwahu West Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Alex Somuah Obeng has bemoaned the nefarious activities including armed robbery and dealing in narcotic drugs of Fulani herdsmen in the Municipality.
The Chief Executive who was addressing the first session of the second assembly said the issue has to do with their illegal activities which are creating insecurity among the populace.
"The problem here is not the presence of our friends Fulani Herdsmen in our community. Rather it has to do with the suspicion that some of them are engaging in nefarious activities like armed robbery", he stated.
According to him, he was reliably informed that some of them had acquired large tracts of land at Trado in Nkawkaw where they put up places of abode for themselves and their families even without resident permits.
He said even though the security services have managed to arrest 11 of them recently, of which 2 were identified as being part of a gang of armed robbers operating on the Accra-Kumasi highway they were freed for lack of evidence and language barrier.
He however assured the people of their safety adding that the security agencies are on top of the issue and doing further investigation to have these people arrested and brought to book.
He urged the assembly members to educate their people to feel free to relay information about these people and other individuals engaged in illegal activities in the municipality to the security services for their arrest.
The MCE also reminded chiefs and traditional authorities of the effects of illegal mining to the environment and appealed to them not to accept financial rewards to back their activities, adding that the assembly has ordered some of those operators in Nkawkaw-Amanfrom, Kofidede, Danteng and Esaase to stop their operations since they were not granted any permit by the assembly