Two arraigned for open grazing

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 Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi


TWO herders, Yuguda Usman and Yakubu Damuna, of Mahanga community in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, have been arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for violating the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State.

When the case came up, the Police Prosecuting Officer, ASP Hyacinth Gbakor, told the Court that on February 27, 2020, the State Commander of livestock guard Mr. Linus Zaki and his team while on patrol along villages in Uvir, Guma Local Government Area, saw the herdsmen with cows grazing.

While approaching them, the herdsmen ran away and abandoned their cows.

The said herders came back on March 13,2020 to collect their cows, and they were arrested for violating section 19(2)of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State.

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The two accused persons pleaded  not guilty to the charge.

They said it was their children that brought the cows to Benue State to graze, they only came to take the cows home and they were arrested.

The prosecutor however told the Court that investigation was still in progress and asked for another date.

Counsel to the herders, T. I Ikyagba made an oral application for their bail and promised to produce the accused persons in court if granted bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim granted bail to the two accused persons in the sum of N500,000 and one surety who must have a fixed address in Makurdi metropolis.

The case has been adjourned to April 17, 2020, for further mention.