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28.01.2010 Crime & Punishment

Court fines Fulani herdsman for degrading forest reserve

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Juaso (Ash), Jan. 28, GNA - The Juaso Circuit Court has fined a 21-year-old Fulani herdsman GH¢ 3,000.00, for entering a forest reserve illegally to allow his cattle to graze.

Hammah Gariba, who pleaded guilty, would in default serve 12 months imprisonment in hard labour.

The Court presided over by Mr Justice S.K Sarpong Appiah heard from Police Detective Inspector Mike Fritz Bekoe that the complainant is the foreman of a Teak Plantation in the Bandai Forest Reserve at Mankalla, near Agogo.

At 1200 hours on January 12, the complainant received information that the plantation was on fire and rushed to the place with some people.

He said when they got there, they saw Gariba grazing his cattle in the plantation and when he saw them he took to his heels, abandoning the cattle.

Police Detective Inspector Bekoe said the people managed to put out the fire, which had already destroyed 20 hectares of the 250-hectare plantation.

The next day, the complainant went back to assess the extent of the damage only to meet Gariba and other herdsmen with their cattle but this time he managed to arrest and hand him over to the Police.


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