Two herders, Yuguda Usman and Yakubu Damuna, both from Mahanga Village, Awe native authorities space of Nassarawa State

Two herders, Yuguda Usman and Yakubu Damuna, both from Mahanga Village, Awe native authorities space of Nassarawa State have been arraigned earlier than a Makurdi Chief Justice of the Peace Courtroom for violating the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Institution Legislation of Benue State.

Their arraignment is coming a few days after two different herdsmen had been prosecuted and handed down numerous jail phrases for violating the Benue anti-open grazing legislation.

When the case got here up, the Police Prosecuting Officer, ASP Hyacinth Gbakor, instructed the Courtroom that on February 27, 2020, the State Commander of livestock guard Mr Linus Zaki and his workforce had been on patrol alongside villages in Uvir, Guma Native Authorities Space, once they noticed the herdsmen with cows grazing.

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He mentioned because the Livestock guards had been approaching them, the herdsmen deserted their cattle and ran away.

Gabor mentioned herders nonetheless got here again on March 13, 2020, to gather their cows, and so they had been arrested for violating part 19(2)of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Institution Legislation of Benue State.

When the cost was learned to them, the 2 accused individuals pleaded not responsible to the cost saying it was their kids that introduced the cows to Benue State to graze, and that they solely got here to take the cows dwelling once they had been arrested.

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Prosecution nonetheless instructed the Courtroom that investigation was nonetheless in progress and requested for one more date.

On his half, counsel to the herders, T. I Ikyagba made an oral software for his or her bail and promised to provide the accused individuals in court docket if granted bail.

The Chief Justice of the Peace, Mr Isaac Ajim granted bail to the 2 accused individuals within the sum of N500,000 and one surety who will need to have a set deal within Makurdi metropolis.

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