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Court jails herders for stealing cows

By Friday Omosola

Abdulai Ibrahim, 26 and Dauda Mohammed, 22, have been jailed for ten years by an Odigbo Magistrate’s Court for stealing three cows worth N900,000 belonging to one Abubakar Mohammed.

The duo and one Tajudeen Adiamot were said to have committed the offence on April 27, 2022 at midnight at Sabo Odigbo town in the Ore magisterial district by conspiring to steal and receive stolen property.

The charge sheet read in part: “The defendants Abdulai Ibrahim ‘M’, Dauda Mohammed ‘M’, and Tajudeen Adiamot °M’ on April 27, 2022 at midnight at Sabo Odigbo town in the Ore magisterial district conspired to steal and receive stolen property.

“That you, Abdulai Ibrahim ‘M’ and Dauda Mohammed ‘M’ on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District stole three cows valued at about N900,000, property of one Abubakar Mohammed.”

The police prosecutor, Inspector Usifo said the offences contravene Sections 516, 390(9), 427 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006. While admitting the first and second defendants’ statements of guilt, the prosecutor said the case needed not be proved.

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Abdulai Ibrahim and Dauda Mohammed who had no legal representation pleaded guilty to the offences, while the third defendant pleaded not guilty to the offence. Counsel to the third defendant, Mrs K.M Lawani, prayed the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.

In his ruling, the Magistrate, Mr D.O. Ogunfuyi convicted the duo to ten years imprisonment based on their guilty pleas. Ogunfuyi, in his ruling, sentenced the first defendant to three years imprisonment on count one, two years imprisonment for count two and sentenced the second defendant to three years imprisonment on count one, and two years imprisonment for count two Also ruling, he granted the third defendants bail on the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. He adjourned the case till May 18, 2022, for mention of the third defendant’s case.

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