Open grazing: Benue court jails Fulani herdsman one year

Open grazing: Benue court jails Fulani herdsman one year


A Benue State Chief Magistrate’s Court, has sentenced a Fulani herdsman, Muhammad Abdullahi, to one-year imprisonment.

The convict, an indigene of Mahanga village in Awe Local Government Area of Nassarawa State, was convicted for going against the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017.

When the case was called up for hearing, the Police Prosecuting Officer, ASP Gbakor Hyacinth, told the Court that the State Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, and his team arrested the accused on March 2nd, 2020, around 07:30 pm along Guma Village of Guma Local Government while he was openly grazing his cows, contrary to section 19(2) of Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 of the state.

Abdullahi pleaded guilty when the charges were read and interpreted to him in Hausa Language.

Counsel for the accused, T.I. Ikyagba, however, pleaded the court for leniency on behalf of his client, stressing that the accused, a first-time offender, did not waste the time of the court as he immediately accepted that he committed the offence.

The presiding judge, Isaac Ajim, delivering the judgment after hearing the plea for leniency, sentenced the accused to one-year imprisonment with an option of a N500, 000 fine.

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