Governor Ayodele Fayose had on 23rd of May, banned all forms of grazing in the State.
The ban was a result of the [neutralization] of two farmers by “These evil Fulani herdsmen.”
“I have directed that cattle rearing and grazing should stop in Ekiti State.
“Those interested in cattle farming should henceforth do so in their own cattle ranch,” Fayose said.
The Governor went on to say that open roaming of cattle was also banned in the State.
He went on to state that “Any cattle seen anywhere in Ekiti State apart from the ranch created for them by their owners will be confiscated by the government and their owners will be prosecuted.”
Well, it seems Ekiti State has made true their promise as a magistrate court in Ekiti metropolis has just sentenced a fulani herdsman to two years in prison.
Ali Haruna was sentenced by Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo for driving his cattle into a farm in Ago Adulogu in Ekiti State.
The 18-year-old Haruna was caught in the midnight grazing his cow in a farm belonging to Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.
The cash crops, valued at over N3 million naira, included cassava, maize, okra and pepper.
In his defense, the defendant had told the court that the owner of the cows lived in Ilorin, Kwara.
The magistrate said that the court did not believe Haruna’s defense as it was not credible.
He thereby convicted the defendant as charged without option of fine.
The magistrate ordered that sentence should run concurrently, explaining that the term was minimal because the offence was committed before the Grazing Law was promulgated in the state.
Is it lawful to sentence a man who committed an offense before a law was promulgated?