A former Chairman of Ado Local Government, Mr Taye Fasuba, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for encroaching on a land and malicious damage to the property.
The Prosecutor Monica Ikebuilo, an Inspector of Police told the court that Fasuba committed the offence on January 14, 2018 at Moferere area of Ado Ekiti, within Ado Ekiti Magisterial District.
Ikebuilo said, Fasuba, on the said date, “Did unlawfully entered into the land which was 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 also said 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”.
The ex- council boss was also charged with the offence of conducting himself “in a manner likely to cause 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.
Fasuba, who is a former Special Assistant to former Governor Ayodele Fayose on Union Matters, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
Delivering her judgment, Senior Magistrate Omolola Akosile, found Fasuba guilty as charged in two of the three-count charges before the court and sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an option of N20,000 fine on each of the two counts.
Akosile held that the defendant had “run contrary to the principle of law by entering into the land in possession of the complainant and pulling down her fence”.
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