In Lagos 3 tenants docked over alleged assault on landlord

The accused are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and assault.

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For allegedly beating their landlord to a pulp with iron rod, three tenants; Sam Kanu, 29, Abikoye Sunday, 42, and Tope Abikoye, 38, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The accused, who all reside at No. 5, Giwa Close, Ijaiye Ojokoro, Lagos, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and assault.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Babaji Ishaku, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Sept. 11 at their residence.

Ishaku said trouble started when the accused claimed that the landlord, one Anthony Oyebode sprinkled some substance which they believe to be charm into their rooms.

“They alleged that the substance was sprinkled through their windows while they were asleep.

“This led to a misunderstanding between the complainant and the accused.

“The trio locked the entrance gate of their landlord, hit him on the head with a padlock, beat him with iron rod and dragged him out of the compound. The complainant sustained grievous bodily harm,” he said.

Ishaku said it was some concerned neighbours that reported the matter to the police and the accused were arrested.

The offences contravened Sections 170, 171, 244 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 171 prescribes a three-year jail term for offenders.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adegun, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum, and adjourned the case until Dec. 6 for mention.

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