Delta Court Sentences Fulani Herdsmen To 20yrs Imprisonment


A Delta State High Court, sitting in Asaba, yesterday, sentenced two Fulani herdsmen, Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem, to 20 years in jail with hard labour.

The two were suspected to be members of a group of armed nomads terrorizing indigenes of Ibusa and its environs, especially farmers.

The court pronounced the guilty verdict on the two Fulani nomads, who were prosecuted on a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms preferred against them by the Attorney-General of the state, punishable under Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R.II, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

They were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each with hard labour and without an option of fine on the two counts.

According to prosecution, on or about February 23, 2015 at 6a.m., the Ibusa Police Division received a distress call that a group of suspected Fulani boys numbering about six were sited around Power Line, Ibusa armed with dangerous weapons including firearms. They moved in on them and were able to arrest Abidu and salem.


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