Taye Fasuba, ex-Aide to the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has been sentenced to jail by an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Fasuba, a ex-Assistant to Fayose on Union Matters was sentenced to six months imprisonment over unlawful entry into a land and malicious damage to a property.
Omolola Akosile, the Senior Magistrate, in a ruling delivered on Monday sentenced Fasuba to six months imprisonment with an option of N20, 000 fine on each of the two counts.
Fasuba was found guilty of the two of the three-count charges.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that Fasuba, committed the offence on January 14, 2018 at Moferere area, Ado Ekiti, in the Ado Ekiti Magisterial District.
According to Ikebuilo the defendants unlawfully entered into the land and maliciously damaged fence wall properties of one Catherine Ashowo valued at N350,000.
The prosecutor pointed out that the offences committed contravene and punishable under Sections 81 and 451 of Criminal Code Cap C 16 Vol 1 Law of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.
The ex-Governor’s aide 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.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The judge 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.
The Magistrate Akosile declared, “On count 1, the defendant is found guilty as charged; he is hereby sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of N20,000 fine. On count 2, the defendant is found guilty as charged, he is hereby sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of N20, 000 fine” as he was discharged and acquitted of the third count.
“The prison term is to run concurrently while the fine is cumulative,” the chief magistrate disclosed.