Herder Sentence To Life Imprisonment Over Attempted Murder

A 32-year-old herder, Muhammadu Abubakar, has been sentence to life imprisonment for attempted murder by an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti.

The presiding Judge, Justice Adekunle Adeleye found the herder guilty of the two counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms charges levelled against him.

According to the Police, on April 9, 2019, at Aba Cotonou, Omu Ekiti, in the Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, the herder did attempt to murder one Chief Samuel Amaa and others on their farm.

Chief Amaa who is a farmer was said to have challenged the herder for grazing on his cassava farm and he was angry for being questioned. He pulled out his gun and fired at the people who challenged him, but they were fortunate that the bullet missed them.

He was later overpowered by residents while trying to escape, following which he was handed over to the police.

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The police prosecutor, Taiwo Ajibulu, said the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 320 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, and Section 3 (1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, Cap.R11, Vol.14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

In proofing the case, Police called four witnesses to testify in court.

Exhibits tendered included a gun, live cartridges and statements among others.

Delivering judgement, Justice Adekunle Adeleye, sentenced the herder to life imprisonment on count one and 10 years imprisonment on count two with hard labour.


Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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