In Ekiti, Court Remands Herdsmen in Prison for Destruction of Farmlands
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court, on Monday, ordered that two herdsmen, Momodu Rebo, 19 and Isiaka Idris, 22
be remanded in prison custody over alleged damaging of farm crops.
Police prosecutor , Samson Osobu, told the Court that the accused and others at large committed the offence
on Jan 11 at Apoto farm settlement Eporo in Emure Ekiti.
He said that apart from damage to farmlands, that dangerous weapons were found in the possession of the accused persons, adding that, the offence contravened the provisions of section 4 (1) of Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminant Grazing in Ekiti State, Laws 2016 and punishable under section 11 of the Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Law 2015.
Submitting further, the prosecutor averred that the accused on the said date unlawfully allowed their cattle to graze on farmland not designated as ranches, but belonging to Akinwale Bisi, Agbelegbe Dare and Paul Salami, damaging their crop valued eight hundred and fifty thousand naira (N850,000).
He said the offence is punishable under Section 2 of the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti State Law 2016.
He applied for a date of adjournment to file their case which has been sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
The plea was not taken, as their counsel, Mr Ademola Okeya sought for a short date of adjournment pending the advice from DPP office.
Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo consequently remanded the accused persons in prison custody till the outcome of the advice from DPP.
He adjourned the case to Jan. 27 for further hearing.