Landlord vs Tenant Crisis: Tenant Bullied Over Unpaid Rent

Landlord vs Tenant Crisis: Tenant Bullied Over Unpaid Rent
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On Thursday 10th May, 2018, two siblings-Isiaka Olaleye and Olaide Olaleye were brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating up a couple over unpaid house rent.

The defendants, Isiaka, 43, a businessman, and Olaide, 35, female fashion designer faces a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault and breach of peace to which they both pleaded not guilty.

Godwin Awase, the police prosecutor, told the court that that the defendants committed the offences on May 6 at Onipanu area of Lagos.

He said the defendants had conspired with thugs to assault Mr Shehu Adeniran and his wife, Asiatu, by beating them for owing rent.

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He said the defendants unlawfully entered the complainants’ apartment with the thugs and started throwing out their property.

“The accused, who are landlord’s children, conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by hiring thugs to beat up the complainants.”

`The accused were parking out the complainants’ property from the apartment and the complainants were trying to stop them which resulted into serious beating.

“The complainants reported the case at the police station and the accused were arrested while others escaped,” the prosecutor said.

According to Awase, the offences contravened Sections 168, 171 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

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The presiding Magistrate, Mrs F.F. George, in her ruling admitted the defendants to a bail of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum adding that the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until May 23 for mention.

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