- A magistrate court in Abeokuta, Ogun state, docked a 40-year-old herdsman on Thursday, January 10
- The herdsman was docked for allegedly destructing crops worth N4 million with his cattle
- The 40-year-old man was said to have committed the offence on October 10, 2018, around 5pm, at Alagbagba village in Abeokuta
The police in Ogun state, on Thursday, January 10, arraigned a 40-year-old herdsman, Usman Abubakar, over alleged destruction of crops worth N4 million with his herd of cattle.
The defendant, who has no fixed address, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawfully entering and malicious damage before an Abeokuta magistrates’ court, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the prosecutor, Inspector Olubisi Lawrence, told the court that the accused committed the offence on October 10, 2018, at 5pm, at Alagbagba village in Abeokuta.
He said that Abubakar and others still at large conspired and unlawfully grazed their herds of cattle on a farmland belonging to Segun Oyeku and destroyed his maize and vegetables worth N4 million.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 517, 81 and 451 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was granted bail by Magistrate Olarewaju Onagoruwa in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Onagoruwa adjourned the case till Wednesday, January 23, for hearing
Legit.ng previously reported that troops of the 707 Special Forces Brigade taking part in the operation Ayem Akpatuma, arrested at least 12 suspected herdsmen reportedly engaged in the destruction of farmlands in Benue state on the 17 March 2018, 2018.
The arrest of the herdsmen was made in a statement by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the director of public relations of the Nigerian Army.
The statement read: “Troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade presently taking part in the EX AYEM AKPATUMA have arrested another 12 herdsmen engaged in the destructive activities on the farmlands on the 17 March 2018.
“The suspects were arrested during the visit of the Presidential Assessment Team to MBAYER/YANDEV and KAAMBEE wards of Benue state."
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the Ekiti state government on Thursday, November 22, 2018, said it would effect the arrest of any herdsman caught with arms.
The deputy governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, made this known at a peace meeting held with representatives of herders and farmers at the government house in Ado-Ekiti.
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Egbeyemi, according to a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his spokesman, Odunayo Ogunmola, said government would empower security agencies to arrest and prosecute herdsmen caught attacking residents and destroying farmlands.
He also said that the state government would not tolerate a repeat of the attack on Orin Farm Settlement in Ido/Osi local government area last year in which a pregnant farmer was killed.
The deputy governor said government was duty bound to protect all law-abiding Nigerians, including settlers in the state who are engaged in legitimate businesses.
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