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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Fulani Herdsman Has Been Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Grazing And Destroying Crops In A Farmland In Ado-Ekiti


An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates' court has sentenced a
Fulani herdsman, Ali Haruna to two years in
prison for grazing and destroying crops in a
farmland.
According to reports, the 18 year-old Haruna was caught at
midnight while his cow was grazing in a farmland.
His cow allegedly destroyed cassava, maize, okro and
pepper valued at N3m, according to The Guardian.
The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, said the herdsman was
arraigned on a two-count charge of wilful and unlawful
damage of farm crops on January 22, 2016.
Ayenimo who ordered that the sentence should run
concurrently, added that the accused got a light sentence
because he committed the offence before the grazing law
was signed.
The Magistrate also said the police prosecutor, Mr
Olasunkanmi Bankole, proved his case beyond reasonable
doubt.
Chris Omokhafe, counsel to the accused, however pleaded
with the court saying his client was a first offender.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose signed the Open
Grazing Prohibition Bill into law on August 29, 2016.
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