A Delta State High Court, sitting in Asaba, yesterday, sentenced two Fulani herdsmen, Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem, suspected to be members of a group of armed nomads terrorizing indigenes of Ibusa and its environs, especially farmers, to 20 years in jail with hard labour.
The herdsmen said they had no idea that it was an offence to carry firearm without licences.
The court pronounced the guilty verdict on the two Fulani nomads, who were prosecuted on a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms, which was preside by the Attorney-General of the state.
The offence is punishable under Section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R.II, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010, and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each with hard labour and without an option of fine on the two counts.
According to prosecution, on or about February 23, 2015 at 6a.m., 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.