It has emerged that about 22 nomadic herdsmen, mainly of Fulani descent, were killed at Asante Mampong and Nsuta areas of Ashanti region in 2019 alone.
The Fulani Community in these areas gave the figure at a meeting organised by the Municipal Chief Executive of Asante Mampong, Thomas Appiah-Kubi, to find a lasting solution to the mistrust that has characterised the relationship between indigenes of the area and cattle-owning Fulanis.
The National Secretary of Association of Fulanis, Yakubu Musa Barry, who gave the figure during the meeting said all incidents of the murder of their members have been reported to police but no arrest has been made so far.
He said in the latest incident, three herdsmen were found dead in a bush about two weeks ago under unexplainable reasons.
Alhaji Barry, therefore, called on the Municipal Security Committee to intervene to arrest the worrying trend.
He proposed a joint taskforce of police, herdsmen and the locals to constantly patrol the area to ensure confrontation between herdsmen and farmers do not escalate.
“I am begging the chiefs within the communities to talk to the indigenes to restrain themselves when they notice the animals are on free range, to avoid bloody clashes with the herdsmen.
“Three herdsmen were recently found lifeless; we reported to the police yet no arrest has been made; is it because we are Fulanis?” he asked.
Mr Appiah-Kubi, who chairs the Security Committee, said steps were being taken to ensure a peaceful co-existence between locals and the herdsmen as police investigate the murders.
“We cannot do away with the Fulanis completely because our survival on meat depends on them and same with the farmers here,” he noted.
He promised that the Municipal Security Committee would meet and find a lasting solution to the challenge.