A Dutse Grade I Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday, sentenced a 67-year-old farmer, Samson Aku, to three months imprisonment for maiming and killing a herdsman’s cows which strayed into his farm.
The presiding officer, Suleiman Mohammed, sentenced Aku after finding the convict guilty of the charges filed against him.
The act, according to the judge, is not justifiable.
He said: “It is evident that the defendant took laws into his hands, which shouldn’t be, and has failed to convince the court in his defence the reason for his actions.
“Therefore, this court, having found you guilty of the charges brought against you, hereby sentences you to three months in a correctional facility, while in consideration of your age.”
Mohammed, however, gave the convict an option of N25,000 fine.
The convict, a resident of Friendship Street, SCC road in Bwari, was arraigned for causing mischief by killing or maiming an animal.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police prosecutor, Mrs. Idowu Ojo, told the court that on June 6, one Dauda Usman, a Fulani herdsman and resident of Zuma area of Bwari, reported the matter at the Bwari police station.
Ojo said while the complainant’s cows were grazing in the bush behind Kogo II village in the district, they mistakenly entered the defendant’s farm and ate part of the crops on the field.
The prosecutor said the defendant, however, angrily used a machete to maim six cows, killing four in the process, all valued at N360,000.
She explained the two other cows were quickly slaughtered by the herder to save himself of a total loss, after noticing that the injuries inflicted on the animals were killing them.
Ojo said that during the investigation, the defendant confessed to committing the crime.
According to her, the offence contravened Section 329 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same.
S/Court Ruling: What Happened In Imo Enough For INEC Chair To Resign — APC Chieftain
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mr Peter Esele, said on Friday that the Independent National Electoral Commission should take all the blames for the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Imo election.
Esele, a former President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, made the declaration while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.
He argued that Nigerians should look beyond the controversy of the judgment and address the foundation of the judgment
The activist noted that the judgment underscored the inefficiency and ineptitude of INEC.
According to him, the result of the governorship election, held on March 9, 2019, in Imo should not have been announced in the first place because so many irregularities were reported during the election.
Esele said that in view of the reported irregularities, one would have expected INEC to have cancelled the election and have a proper election conducted.
“INEC did not do its job properly so that is why Supreme Court judges are intervening.”
The APC stalwart stressed that for the Supreme Court to have a unanimous decision over a matter or election, it means the election was badly conducted.
“So what happened in Imo State is enough for the INEC chairman to resign if Nigeria is a sane clime where things are done properly.
“Whoever is aggrieved has to accept it because the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land,” said Esele.
Group Gives Tinubu 24 Hours To Reveal Position On Amotekun
A Southwest Association, Save Lagos Group, has given the All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, 24 hours to reveal his position on the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’.
Tinubu, who is seen as the leader of the Southwest by many, has remained silent on Amotekun which was launched by Southwest governors last week.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had on Tuesday declared the outfit as illegal while the Southwest governors have remained unfazed.
In a statement on Friday, the Convener, Save Lagos Group, Adeniyi Sulaiman, said the group was giving Tinubu 24 hours to speak up.
Sulaiman asked Tinubu, who is an advocate of restructuring, to be courageous regardless of his rumoured Presidential ambition.
The activist rubbished threats by northern groups like the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore which stated that supporting Amotekun may cost the Southwest the Presidency in 2023.
He said it was hypocritical of the Federal Government to allow Shariah Police, Hisbah, to operate in more than 10 northern states while it declared Amotekun, which is operating only in the Southwest as illegal.
The SLG convener said the safety of the people of the Southwest was worth more important than any Presidential ambition.
He commended several personalities like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Debanjo; activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN; Chief Olu Falae, Otunba Gani Adams and several others for speaking up for the people of the region.
PHOTOS: Soldiers Invade, Burn Ijaw Community
Troops of Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe (ODS) have invaded and burnt part of Bilabiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that soldiers attacked the community on Friday morning and forced residents to flee into the creeks for safety.