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The police in Ekiti State have reportedly arraigned three herdsmen before an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged illegal destruction and malicious harm of a rice farm at a settlement in Okemesi Ekiti within the Ekiti West Council area of the state.
According to Punch, the defendants include Mohammed Audu who is 20 years old, Nafiu Mohammed, 20 years old and Bumba Karba, 17 years old respectively.
Inspector Johnson Okunade, who is the police prosecutor, mentioned that the incident happened on January 7, 2020, at Apinrin Alapaye Farm Settlement in Okemesi Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area.
Okunade’s statement learns, “The three defendants and others at large grazed their cattle on the farm located at Okemesi Ekiti causing massive destruction to the land.
“The offences contravened section 451 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012”.
The police prosecutor stated that the whole injury brought on by the defendants to the farm belonging to Mr Olusola Sanni, who is the complainant, valued at N4.5 million.
He, nevertheless, requested the court for an adjournment to allow him to check the case file and present his witnesses.
The accused individuals pleaded not responsible to the charge levied towards them.
Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, with defendants counsel, pleaded with the court to grant the defendants bail, promising that they would not jump bail.
Of their ruling, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, the Chief Magistrate, granted both defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The chief magistrate adjourned the case until February 24 for hearing.