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Ekiti: Police arraigns three herders for destroying rice farm

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THREE herdsmen were yesterday arraigned before an Ado Ekiti Magistrate’s Court for allegedly destroying a multi million naira rice farm with their cattle while grazing on the farm.

  The accused persons: Nafiu Mohammed (20), Mohammed Audu (20) and Bumba Karba (17) and others at large reportedly allowed their cattle to graze on the rice farm located at Okemesi Ekiti, causing massive destruction to the crops.

  According to the police prosecutor, Inspector Johnson Okunade, the incident occurred on January 7, 2020 at Apinrin Alapaye Farm Settlement in Okemesi Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area.

  The prosecutor said total damage caused by the accused person to the farm belonging to the complainant, Mr. Olusola Sanni worth over N4.5 million naira.

  He noted that the offences contravened section 451 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

  The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

  The accused persons however,  pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

  Their counsel, Mr. Busuyi Ayorinde, urged the court to grant the defendants bail, promising it that they would not jump bail.

  The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Adesoji Adegboye, in his ruling granted the defendants bail in the sum of five hundred thousand naira with two sureties each in like sum.

  He adjourned the case until February 24 for hearing.

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