As court jails 2 20 yrs for illegal possession of arms in Delta
Three days after Fulani herdsmen killed at least 12 persons at Agwabi village in Binev Council Ward of Buruku local government area of Benue state, 7 persons have been reportedly killed again yesterday at Tse Atue community in Guma local government area of Benue State.
Although information at the time of filing this report was sketchy, Nigerian Pilot gathered that some gunmen stormed the village yesterday and burnt down the entire community, as residents deserted their homes. In the process, 7 people were killed.
Last Friday, the herders in their numbers stormed Agwabi village with sophisticated arms from neighbouring Tarka Local Government at about 11pm, shooting sporadically and burning down houses and huts in the community.
The development Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in Benue State admitted that was a reprisal attack because some youths from the village allegedly stole 800 of their (Fulani) cows.
In a related development, a Delta State High Court yesterday sentenced two Fulani herdsmen, Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem, suspected to be members of a group of armed nomads terrorising indigenes of Ibusa and its environs, especially farmers, to 10 years in jail each with hard labour.
The court pronounced the verdict on the two Fulani nomads on a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms proffered against them by the Attorney-General of Delta State, punishable under Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, Cap R.II, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.
According to prosecution, on or about February 23, 2015, at about 0600 hours, the Ibusa Police Division received a distress call that a group of suspected Fulani boys numbering about six were sited around Power Line, Ibusa, armed with dangerous weapons, including firearms.
“A team of Anti-Robbery Squad which responded to the distress call later arrested Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem in possession of two single barrel guns without licence, which they claimed they used for hunting. They also claimed that they did not know that it was an offence to carry arms without licence.”