In violation of the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, two herdsmen have been sentenced to one year imprisonment.
The herders, Sani Adamu and Abdullahi Musa both of Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, were sentenced by a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court Judge, Isaac Ajim.
Ajim was lenient with them by listening to their plea for mercy and fined them to te tune of N500, 000 each, default of which will land them a compulsory one year jail term.
The prosecution called two witnesses, one of which was a member of the State Livestock Guard, who proved without any reasonable doubt that the two men were guilty.
On their part, the defendants told the court that they were in the bush scavenging for honey, however, they failed to provide any tools to show that they were truly looking for honey.