An Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court has jailed a former Chairman of Ado Local Government Area, Taye Fasuba, for six months over unlawful entry into a land and malicious damage to property.
Mr Fasuba was convicted of two of the three counts.
Senior Magistrate Omolola Akosile in a judgement on Monday sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an option of N20,000 fine on each of the two counts.
“The prison term is to run concurrently while the fine is cumulative,” the chief magistrate said.
The court heard that Fasuba, a former special assistant to ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose on union matters, committed the offence on January 14, 2018, at Moferere, Ado Ekiti, in Ado Ekiti Magisterial District.
Police prosecutor, Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that 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.”
Ikebuilo said Fasuba “maliciously damaged” the property of a woman named Catherine Ashowo valued at N350,000.
Fasuba, who had denied all charges, 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.”