Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi
A Makurdi Chief Justice of the Peace, Mr Isaac Ajim, has convicted and sentenced a 20-year-old herder, Jaro Alhaji Ilu to at least one 12 months in jail for violating the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Institution Legislation of Benue State.
Nonetheless, the Chief Justice of the Peace after listening to the plea for leniency from the herder who hails from Awe Native Authorities Space of Nasarawa State diminished the sentence to a fantastic of N500,000 upon which failure to pay will appeal to one 12 months imprisonment.
The Chief Justice of the Peace acknowledged that the prosecution has confirmed its case past cheap doubt to warrant conviction and the plea by the herder has additional satisfied the court docket of his guilt of the cost of open grazing.
He suggested those that need to interact in livestock enterprise with out ranches to go to States the place there isn’t a legislation prohibiting open grazing.
He pressured that the legislation was enacted to forestall clashes between herders and farmers and was not focused at any ethnic group or individuals.
Earlier, the Police Prosecuting Officer, Sergeant Friday Kanshio informed the court docket that the State Commander of the Livestock Guards, Mr Linus Zaki and his staff whereas on patrol alongside Gbajimba, Guma Native Authorities Space of Benue State on Might 5,2020, noticed the herder with cows grazing overtly on Governor Samuel Ortom’s farm in Gbajimba, thereby contravening part 19(2) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Institution Legislation of Benue State, 2017.
The herdsman pleaded responsible to the cost and confessed that he got here to Benue with cows that had been grazing when he was arrested and pleaded for leniency with a promise to not commit the offence once more.