Fulani herdsmen sentenced for 20 years

A high court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, have sentenced two Fulani herders to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.

The herdsmen were convicted on the grounds of different felony charges including stealing, local terrorism, unlawful possession of dangerous weapons capable of causing harm and robbery.

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They were prosecuted on the premise of Section 3 act 1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010, and were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each with hard labor and without an option of fine on the two counts.

According to police and prosecution side, the Ibusa Police Division got a distress call that a group of suspected hoodlums were sited around their vicinity, armed with dangerous weapons including firearms, cutlasses, bows and arrows.

The police intervened, swooped on the hoodlums and ferried them to the area divisional police headquarters.

Recall that a youth leader of a community in Delta State disclosed how Fulani Herdsmen abducted and held 8 persons hostage some weeks ago. The youth leader, Chika Uwabuofu, stated that “For some time now, Fulani herdsmen have been harassing our men and women in their farms, eating the food in their barns and using their cows to destroy their crops.

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“On account of this, we have been reporting their activities to the police and a meeting was held by the council chairman, some top government functionaries and the state chairman of the Fulani herdsmen where they were given three days to leave the community.”