Police Arraign Herdsman For Openly Grazing Cattle In Benue
– A 20 – year-old cattle header, Ibrahim Yau, is arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy and open grazing
– The prosecutor, Abdulkarim Abubakar, tells the court that the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges
– Herdsmen reportedly kill pregnant woman in Ekiti, hours after Fayose’s peace meeting
The police on Thursday, January 18, arraigned a 20 – year-old cattle header, Ibrahim Yau, at a Makurdi magistrates’ court for alleged criminal conspiracy and open grazing.
The prosecutor, Abdulkarim Abubakar, told the court that the defendant was arrested by two members of Benue Vigilance Group, Nyor Stephen, and Adi Titus, in Makurdi on January 10, 2018, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He alleged that the duo, acting on intelligence report that some Fulani herdsmen were openly grazing their livestock at Welfare Quarters, New Otukpo Road, Makurdi, rushed to the area.
He said that they met the defendant and two others, who fled the scene.
“The accused later identified his colleagues as Musa Mohammed, and Adamu Jibril, who were openly rearing and grazing over 55 cows, along Welfare Quarters, New Otukpo Road,” he told the court.
He said that the defendant was arrested, while the others were still at large.
The defendant of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Emmanuel Azembe, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum who must be the Chief Imam of Central Mosque in Makurdi.
Azembe adjourned the case until February 20, for hearing.
Meanwhile, hours after news broke out that an herdsman was killed in Ekiti state, a woman, said to be a Tiv from Benue state, has also been reportedly shot dead in a farm settlement at Orin community in Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti.
The attack on the woman was said to be in retaliation of the murder of an herdsman in Oke-Ako area of the state.
Reports from the community claimed that the alleged attackers had attacked the farm settlement at night and had shot the woman, said to be eight-months pregnant, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Governor Ayodele Fayose had earlier confirmed the report of the killing of the herdsman in one of his tweets.