A maxim says, “Everyday is for the thief, one day is for the owner”. The rate at which cows owned by Fulani Herdsmen destroy people’s farmland all over different states is quite alarming. Many of them get to go scot-free without any justice.
But one of the herdsmen identified as Ali Haruna has been sentenced to two years in jail for taking his cows grazing in a farmland and destroying crops in the process.
The convict was sentenced by a Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti. The accused was first arraigned in court on a two-count charge of willful and unlawful damage to farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti on January 22.
Four prosecuting witnesses confirmed that 18-year-old Haruna had been caught grazing his cow’s at midnight in the farmland belonging to one Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.
Crops reportedly destroyed by the cows in the farm included cassava, maize, okro and pepper, which was valued at N3 million.
Defending himself, Haruna told the court that the owner of the cows lived in Illorin Kwara state.
The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, surmised that Haruna’s defence lacked credibility and was not believed by the court, convicting the defendant as charged without the option of fine.
Seeing as the Grazing Law promulgated in the state was not yet in effect at the time the offences was committed, Ayenimo ordered that the minimal term run concurrently.
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