InLagos Landlord's son docked for assaulting tenant over rent

A landlord's son has been arraigned in court for assaulting one of his father's tenants.

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A 47-year-old man has been arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for beating up his father's tenant.

The accused, Abayomi Shorungbe, who works at the Ikeja airport and resides at 8, Ejire Lane, Orile-Agege, a suburb of Lagos, was docked on Friday, November 18, for conspiracy and assault, Punch reports.

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The court heard that the offences were committed on Oct. 24 at the accused’s residence.

According to the prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, the complainant, one Mr Adewale Adejoro, is one of the tenants of Shorungbe’s father.

“Because he hasn’t paid his house rent, the accused hired two soldiers who came to the house and dragged him to an unknown place.

“The accused was beaten several times and was made to write a letter of undertaking that he will vacate his apartment by end of year,” he said.

Ogu said that the two soldiers who took part in the assault are still at large and that the offences contravene Sections 166, 171 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum before adjourning the case until November 28, for mention.

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