A magistrate’s court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a former Chairman of Ado Local Government Area and Special Assistant to immediate past Governor Ayodele Fayose on union matters, Taye Fasuba to six months imprisonment over unlawful entry into a land and malicious damage to a property.
Police Prosecutor, Insp. Monica Ikebuilo, told the court on Tuesday that Fasuba, committed the offence on January 14, 2018, at Moferere, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Fasuba, on the said date “did unlawfully enter into the land which is in actual and peaceable possession of one Catherine Ashowo and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 81 of Criminal Code Cap C 16 Vol 1 Law of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.
The prosecutor added, “He did maliciously damage fence wall properties of one Catherine Ashowo valued at N350, 000 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the criminal code Cap C 16 laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.”
Fasuba was also charged with the offence of conducting himself “in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace in public place and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249(d) of Criminal Code C 16 Vol. 1 Law of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In a judgment, Senior Magistrate, Omolola Akosile, sentenced Fasuba to six months imprisonment with an option of twenty thousand naira (#20,000) fine on each of the two counts.
Fasuba was held to have ran contrary to the principle of law by entering into the land in possession of the complainant and pulling down her fence
The defendant was found guilty of the two of the three-count charges arraigned for.
His prison term is to run concurrently while the fine is cumulative.