Court in Ekiti sends Fulani herdsman to 2 years imprisonment for grazing

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

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The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, in his judgment, said the accused was arraigned in his court on Jan 22, 2016 over a two-count charge of wilful and unlawful damage of farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti.

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

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The magistrate held that the Police prosecutor, Mr Olasunkanmi Bankole, had 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.

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.

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12 thoughts on “Court in Ekiti sends Fulani herdsman to 2 years imprisonment for grazing

  1. Anyone resident in any part of the nation must learn how to obey the laws of the land
    This trend whereby some individuals or group can break the the law with impunity just has to stop
    This is the 21st century and there is no place for such act of lawlessness in this modern world

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  2. Seriously? This Ekiti Magistrate sentenced somebody to 2 years imprisonment for an offence for which the person was arraigned in his court in Jan 22, 2016 when according to Fayose and his gang, grazing was not yet a "crime" in Ekiti State? U may want to ask under what law this magistrate hinged this his conviction, these are interesting times, indeed !

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    1. Re u saying there is no law in the land covering unlawful trespass and wishful damage?my brother,we don't play politics with issues like this His sentence, I guess,become minimal because he was not being sentenced under the new law cos dat would have aided the prosecutor to hang criminal case on his neck

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  3. That's a good warning signal to those lawless Cow men, one would have argued that it was wrong to sentence the man for an offense committed before the new grazing law was promulgated but there should be no mercy for these mindless killers who think they can displaced people from their land and nothing will happen, the worst of it all is that no Southerners dare cross the lines in the North they will kill him like chicken, I'm not Fayose fan but I'm happy with his actions on this very annoying grazing issue, the Fulanis are cheating the rest of us, If Buhari fails to address his kinsmen on this issue I will never vote for him again, he's being so bias on this issue, those idiots are not foreigners they are the President's brothers, mr President enough is enough.

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  4. GRAZING LAW OR NOT NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO CONFISTICATE ANOTHER PERSONS PROPERTY TO MAINTAIN HIS OWN PROPERTY. SINCE CROPS DESTROYED WORTH THREE M, THEY SHOULD COMPESATE THE FARMER WITH CATTLE WORTH THREE MILLIOM!

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