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17 May 2016

Court sentences two Fulani herdsmen to 20 years in prison

A Delta State High Court, sitting in Asaba has sentenced two Fulani herdsmen – Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem – to 20 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for illegal possession of firearms.
The duo were said to be members of a group of armed nomads, which reportedly terrorised indigenes of Ibusa and its environs, especially the farmers.
Justice Marcel Okoh pronounced them guilty of a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms, filed by the Attorney-General.
The offence is punishable under Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, Cap R.II, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.
Abidu and Salem were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each with hard labour and without an option of fine.
The prosecution told the court that on or about February 23, 2015 at 6 a.m, the Ibusa Police Division received a distress call that six suspected Fulani herdsmen were at Power Line in Ibusa. They were said to have carried weapons, including firearms.
A team of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which reportedly responded to the distress call, arrested Abidu and Salem in possession of two single-barrelled guns without licence.
The two herdsmen were said to have claimed that they used the firearms for hunting.
They also claimed that they did not know that it was an offence to carry arms without a licence.
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