THE Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, has inaugurated a seven-member committee of inquiry to investigate the recent disturbances at Agogo in which a number of people were injured and property destroyed.
The committee, set up by the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), comprises the regional lands officer as chairman, representatives of the immigration service, Attorney General’s Department, Bureau of National Investigations and the Asante Akim North Municipal Assembly, and the Municipal Co-ordinating Director.
Among the terms of reference, the committee is to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the disturbances, circumstances leading to the shooting and wounding of some citizens and to identify those who fired the gunshots, and circumstances that led to the mob attack on the Agogo Police Station.
Other areas to be tackled by the committee include related matters of significance to the committee’s work, and to make recommendations to forestall any future occurrence.
On May 1, this year, about seven people were injured and massive destruction caused to property when a section of the youth of Agogo clashed with Fulani herdsmen.
The local people accused the Fulani herdsmen of destroying their farms, raping women and creating fear in the communities.
In his inaugural address, Mr Opoku-Manu noted that disturbances like the one that occurred at Agogo sent wrong signals to the outside world and had the potential to disorganise the development of the community.
“It is, therefore, important that we always adopt the right approaches and use appropriate channels in seeking redress to whatever grievances we have,” he said.
The minister stated that the security situation in the region had generally been calm so far, and, therefore, any acts that would disturb the situation would not be tolerated.
Peace, he noted, was crucial to the development of the region and added that “any act or omission that tends to compromise the security of the region is regrettable”.
He said the REGSEC was determined to adopt measures that would prevent the recurrence of such incident.