A 27 old Fulani herder, Hassan Ali, who was accused of robbing one Ahmadu Tella of his sheep in Magumari Local Government Area of Borno State, was yesterday freed by a Maiduguri High Court.
The herder, who hails from Damakarwa village in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, has been in detention since 2009. He was accused of robbing Tella of 43 sheep valued at N150, 000.
Ali, who was accused of using a knife to injure his victim before robbing him, was charged with an offence punishable under Section 298(b) of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was first arraigned in court, but in a statement he allegedly made to the police which was tendered in court, he confessed to the crime. The victim earlier told the court that he was attacked and robbed of his sheep by the accused in the bush while he was asleep.
Delivering judgment, Justice Pindar Haruna Ngadda, said the testimony of the prosecution witness as well as the confessional statement of the accused were irrelevant. She said there was no evidence either direct or circumstantial upon which the court can convict the accused, and therefore discharged and acquitted the herder of the charges.