A 67-year-old farmer identified as Samson Aku has been sentenced to three months imprisonment by a Dutse Grade I Area Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday for maiming and killing a herders’ cows which strayed into his farm.
Samson Aku was found guilty of charges filed against him and convicted by the presiding officer, Mr Suleiman Mohammed after the judge stated that the act is not justifiable.
“It is evident that the defendant took laws into his hands, which shouldn’t be, and has failed to convince the court in his defence the reason for his actions.
“Therefore, this court, having found you guilty of the charges brought against you, hereby sentences you to three months in a correctional facility, while in consideration of your age,” he said.
According to NAN report, Mohammed gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N25,000.
The prosecutor said the defendant, however, angrily used a machete to maim six cows, killing four in the process, all valued at N360,000.
She explained that the two other cows were quickly slaughtered by the herder to save himself of a total loss, after noticing that the injuries inflicted on the animals were killing them.
Ojo said that during the investigation, the defendant confessed to committing the crime.
She said that the offence contravened Section 329 of the Penal Code.