1st December, 2010
People who breed stray animals have been warned that they will be liable for anyÂ damage their pets do to neighboursâ€™ property.
The baale-elect of Ijagemo in Iba Local Council Development of Lagos State, HighÂ Chief Abdul Hakeem Babatunde Balogun, gave the warning as a goat owner, SimonÂ Akwety, was fined N10,000 for part of the repair ofÂ the windscreen of a HondaÂ Prelude car belonging to hiss neighbour, Benjamin Olorunfemi a.k.a. Pastor Fire,Â which his goat broke.
P.M. NEWS learnt that Akwetyâ€™s goat had once damaged Olorunfemiâ€™s carâ€™s windscreenÂ and the pastor decided to forgive the goat and its owner, but shortly after, theÂ same goat damaged the carâ€™s windscreen again.
Olorunfemi then demanded for the sum of N10,000 as part of the money expended to fixÂ his carâ€™s windscreen, but Akwety, a Togolese and cloth (aso oke) weaver at Tigo areaÂ of Ijagemo, could not pay in good time.
The aggrieved Olorunfemi dragged him before the baale-elect and was made to sign anÂ undertaking that he would pay the N10,000 within a week and that if he failed, legalÂ action would be taken against him.
Akwety, however, met the deadline and paid the N10,000 which Olorunfemi collected atÂ the baaleâ€™s residence.
While addressing the two parties, Balogun warned Akwety and other stray animalÂ breeders in Ijagemo to prepare to bear the responsibilities any time their animalsÂ destroyed a neighbourâ€™s property.
â€œAll of you who breed goat, sheep and other domestic animals who move about freelyÂ should be ready to bear the brunt whenever your animal destroys neighbourâ€™sÂ property. You have to compensate the owners of such property.
â€œYou will be held responsbile for whatever crime or havoc your animal commits,â€ heÂ warned.