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Herdsman remanded over conspiracy in Ekiti

A Magistrate Court in Ado-Ekiti has ordered the remand of a herdsman, Abdulahi Abubakar in prison custody for allegedly conspiring with others now at large to cause damage to farm valued at N1.2 million.

The police prosecutor, Sgt. Caleb Leranmo told the court on Friday that the accused and others at large committed the offence on December 4 at about 5:00pm at ‎Itapaji-Iyemero in Ikole-Ekiti.
He alleged that the accused conspired together to commit an offence ‎to wit malicious damage, punishable under Section 7 of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing, Ekiti State Law 2016.

The prosecutor said the accused, on the said date, with others at large, did unlawfully rear cows into yam farm belonging to one Emmanuel Augustine and destroyed the farm value N1.2 million.
According to him, the accused committed an offence punishable under Section 4(3) and 7 of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing, Ekiti State Law 2016.‎

The accused pleaded not guilty, as his counsel, Miss Oluwasayo Ayomide‎ applied for his bail but was opposed by the police prosecutor.
The prosecutor stated that the offence was rampant and also it would enable the police to arrest others involved in the crime.

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye ‎ refused to grant bail and consequently remanded the accused in prison custody.
He adjourned the case to Jan.13 for further hearing.

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