The Minna Chief Magistrate’s Court II has sentenced four Fulani herdsmen to a total of 28 years imprisonment for cattle rustling and causing grivious hurt.

The four convicts were arraigned in court by the operatives of the Anti Cattle Rustling Squard of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) of the Niger State Police Command for offences of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt, and cattle rustling.

The offences, according to the First Information Report (FIR) made available in court and obtained by Newsline, contravened sections 97, 247of the penal code, and section 8 (1) a of Niger State Law No 8 of 2016; offence of kidnapping and cattle rustling.

Sometime in April 2018, one Alh. Adamu Yusuf of Kudu Gara Fulani camp in Mokwa reported to the police in Mokwa that, his son, Alhassan, went with his 27 cattle and 33 sheep for grazing in Kundigi grazing area where they attaked him with sticks and cutlasses and inflicted deep cuts on him.

The suspects, Sani Halidu, Nabudu Sa’idu, Lawi Musa Abubakar and Musa Shehu, all of Tashan Ushiba village in Rafi Local Government Area, were arrested by the Police.

During police investigation, they all confessed to have committed the offence.

When the charges were read to them by the Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Hauwa Baba Yusuf, they all pleaded guilty to the charges.

At this point, the police prosecutor, Sgt. Bello Mohammed, asked the court to convict them in accordance with the provisions of section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

Passing her judgment, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Hauwa, said that, in view of increasing rate of activities of cattle rustlers and other criminal activities in the society, the court will not be seen to be doing justice if appropriate punishment WAS not metted to them to serve as a deterrent to others.

She then sentenced each of them to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine, and two years with N50, 000 option of fine for causing grievous hurt.