KAIAMA – A Magistrate Court in Kaiama, Kwara, on Thursday discharged two herdsmen arraigned for allegedly causing hurt to a farmer, Azeez Aremu.
The Magistrate, Ibrahim Dasuki, discharged Goro Aliyu and Mohammed Jabi, after Aremu, the complainant in the case, claimed he could not establish the true identity of the herdsmen that attacked him.
The police had in its First Information Report said that the two accused persons took their cows to the complainant’s farm to feed them.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Adah Michael, told the court that when they were challenged, the accused allegedly inflicted matchet cuts on the complainant.
She also alleged that the duo were later chased and arrested at their camp in Kaiama.
Michael said the duo were arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and causing hurt which contravened sections 97 and 248 of the Penal Code.
They, however, pleaded not guilty when their pleas were taken.
In his judgment, Dasuki held that since the victim had confessed that he could not establish the true identity of the culprits, the two accused were just victims of circumstances.
“In view of this, these two accused persons are hereby discharged and the FIR against them terminated,” he said. (NAN)