Call herdsmen to order or we’ll take the law into our hands – Wusuta residents to government

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    Hundreds of residents of Wusuta, in the Volta Region, have given the government and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) a week, to call herdsmen in the area to order, failing which they will take the law into their hands.

    The residents in the North Dayi District, say they have lost their farm jobs due to the activities of herdsmen.

    Residents who protested against the activities said their livelihoods have been affected due to threats posed by the herdsmen. 

    The best farmer for the North Dayi District, Festus Semanu Tsitsi who lost over 80 hectares of farmlands with yam produce destroyed by the cattle, said he owes some financial institutions about GHC65,000 due to the destruction.

    According to him, one of his farm workers was arrested and detained by the Police for killing one of the cattle out of self-defense.

    Festus Semanu Tsitsi noted that the issue of herdsmen terrorism in Wusuta and adjoining communities, has been a headache for them for years as authorities and Police have refused to do anything about the situation.

    “The cattle owned by the herdsmen have for the past 3 years destroyed our farms, my 80 hectares of yam farm is totally destroyed, making it impossible for me to pay over 200 hundred workers on my farm who are also threatening me,” Festus Semanu said.

    His aged parents, Mr and Mrs Tsitsi who spoke to JoyNews noted that the situation has become so terrible to the extent that they sometimes find it difficult to feed themselves.

    According to the residents who went to the farms with guns and other weapons and clad in red, over 200 hectares of farmlands have been destroyed.

    The farms comprise yam, maize, groundnuts, cassava and other crops.

    “We cannot go to the farms again, because the herdsmen have guns and always threaten us anytime we visit the farm to work for the owner. Because of that, the owner is also unable to pay our wages because every crop in the farm has been destroyed by the cattle and by the herdsmen,” one of the farmers lamented.

    The Asafoatse Kuklui noted that calls on the authorities to bring the activities of the herdsmen to order, have yielded no positive results.

    “We have appealed to the authorities including the Police but nothing seems to be done about our situation but rather our farms are continually destroyed by these fulani people,” Asafoatse Kuklui lamented. 

    They have, however, appealed to the IGP to as a matter of urgency help stop the activities of the herdsmen.