Court sentences 2 vigilante officers for mischief in Yobe

From Uche Uche Damaturu

The Chief Magistrate Court 1 Buni Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, sitting in Damaturu, the state capital, has sentenced two vigilante men, Modu Hikima and Umar Mohammed on two count charges of mischief and misappropriation.
Police prosecutor, Sgt. Hayatu Musa told the court that the case was reported at the state CID, Damaturu by one Mutifandami of Garin Malam in Gujba local government, through a complaint letter addressed to the state commissioner of police.
He told the court that four months ago, a complaint of mischief was reported to the two accused persons against the complainant, Mutifandami, following which the two accused persons made him pay the sum of N210, 000 because of the mischief caused by his cows.
He told the court that the two vigilante men also conspired and misappropriated five of the complainants cows and converted same to their personal use, adding that the offences committed by the two accused persons are punishable under sections 97 and 309 0f the penal code law.
In her judgement, the presiding Judge, Chief Magistrate Aisha Ahmed Abubakar, told the court that she is satisfied that the prosecution has proofed the charges against the two accused persons beyond reasonable doubt according to laws and convicted them as charged.
She therefore sentenced the two accused persons to pay the sum of N20,000 each on the first count charge of conspiracy, or in default of payment, serve six months imprisonment.
She also sentenced them to N20, 000 each on the second count charge of misappropriation or in default of payment, serve six months in imprisonment and that the charges would run concurrently.
She gave the two parties in the case 30 days, from the date of judgment, to appeal the judgment if not satisfied with it.

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