The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye is on the heels of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asante Akyem North, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang over a press conference he held in Agogo to protest the invasion of their farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.
The MP led the youth of the Asante Akyem town to protest against the destruction of their farmlands and crops by Fulani herdsmen and their cattle for years.
Kwadwo Baah Agyemang read at the press conference that 25 indigenes of the town have been killed so far since the Fulani herdsmen occupied portions of the vast Agogo lands.
Kwadwo Baah Agyemang and the angry youth who wore red to the function warned, among other things, to prevent the Chief of the town, Nana Akuoko Sarpong from celebrating his 40th Anniversary on the throne in March 2016, if he fails to drive away the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from the town.
And this, according to the Regional Police command, has led to the building up of tension in the Agogo township, hence the decision by the regional command to invite the legislator for questioning.
“I am in Accra and this afternoon I received a call from Kofi Boakye inviting me for inciting the youth of Agogo….we didn’t incite anybody at the press conference…we only spoke of what is disturbing us…if that qualifies as incitement, what would they call the raping of Agogo women by Fulani herdsmen,” he queried on Adom FM’s Evening News on Thursday.
The invitation by ‘Commander One’ as Kofi Boakye is known and called in the Ashanti Region, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang said shocks him especially as the people of Agogo are never known to be violent persons.
“If the Asante Akyem people want violence, they would have taken the law into their own hands and confronted the Fulani herdsmen after the REGSEC failed to implement a Kumasi High Court order for them to get rid of the cattle…,” he said.
The MP who said he would respond to the call of the police said he was certain the police was only using the claim of him inciting the youth of the town to cover up their inability to work on the situation.
“I haven’t incited anybody, what we talked about was the Fulani destroying our properties…the statement I read has nothing to do with violence…the police are running away from their responsibilities and focusing on me…,” he said.