Benue State Government on Thursday swung into action on its anti-grazing law by arraigning a teenage herdsman for violating the statute.
Police arraigned 19- year-old Ibrahim Mohammadu of Agirima village of Nasarawa State, in a magistrates’ xourt in Makurdi for alleged violation of Benue Open Grazing Law.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkarim Abubakar, told the court that the case was reported on January 21, 2018 by Mrs. Ochoyada Ogah, Mrs. Gloria Samson and Mrs. Rebecca Michael.
The complainants were from Ocholanya village in Agatu Local Government of Area of the state.
Abubakar said that the complainants had alleged that they saw the accused person’s cows grazing on their farms.
According to the prosecutor, the accused person voluntarily confessed to committing the crime.
He said that the offence contravened Section 19 (2) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State 2017.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Magistrate, Mr. Emmanuel Azembe, ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison and adjourned hearing of the case tilkl February 20, 2018.