20160919

Fulani Herdsman Sentenced to 2yrs Imprisonment for Grazing in Ekiti State

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has sentenced one Ali Haruna to 2 years imprisonment for taking his cows for grazing in a farmland and destroying crops.

In his judgement, Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo said the accused was arraigned in his court on Jan 22, over a 2-count charge of wilful and unlawful damage of farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti.

The 18-year-old Haruna was confirmed by the four prosecuting witnesses to have been caught in the midnight grazing his cow in the farm belonging to Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.

Cash crops said to have destroyed by the cows in the farm included cassava, maize, okro and pepper, all valued at N3 million.

The defence counsel, Mr Chris Omokhafe, had prayed the court to be liberal in the dispensation of justice, saying that he was a first offender.

In his defence, the defendant had told the court that the owner of the cows lived in Ilorin, Kwara.

The magistrate said that the court did not believe Haruna’s defence as it was not credible.

He held that the police prosecutor, Olasunkanmi Bankole, proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.

He thereby convicted the defendant as charged without option of fine.

The magistrate ordered that sentence should run concurrently, explaining that the term was minimal because the offence was committed before the Grazing Law was promulgated in the state.

7 comments:

  1. Very impressive!

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  2. I smell trouble

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  3. Let's see how far it will go. It's either the law will become unpopular or Fayose is put to shame.

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  4. As long as the law is applied without bias, I don't think there will be any trouble.

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  5. Whatever action or decision one is taken there shld be fear of God. Is the d Cadsh crops destroyed really valued that amount?

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  6. A good scapegoat

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