hree herdsmen have been arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for unlawful destruction and malicious damage of a rice farm.
The accused – Nafiu Mohammed (20), Mohammed Audu (20) and Bumba Karba (17) – and others at large, grazed their cattle on the farm located at Okemesi-Ekiti, causing massive destruction to produce on the farm.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Johnson Okunade, said the incident occurred on January 7, 2020 at Apinrin Alapaye Farm Settlement at Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area.
The prosecutor said total damage caused by the accused to the farm belonging to the complainant, Mr. Olusola Sanni, was N4.5 million
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 pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.
Their counsel, Mr. Busuyi Ayorinde, urged the court to grant the defendants bail, promising that they would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Adesoji Adegboye, in his ruling, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
Adegboye adjourned the case till February 24 for hearing.