'My landlord drinks at my beer parlour but doesn't pay,' Tenant tells court

After taking his tenant to court over rent arrears, the tenant accuses him of owing beer money.

Beer parlour (Illustration)

The complainant disclosed this to a Masaka Chief Magistrates’ Court, in Nasarawa State, saying that his landlord, Manzo Hassan, owes him for the beer he has been drinking at his beer parlour.

The accused, Hassan had taken Genesis to court over the N120,000 rent arrears he owed him.

However, Genesis agreed to pay the arrears only after the beer money his landlord owes him, has been paid.

He said, “My landlord always come to my beer parlour to drink, after drinking, he will not pay me, I am sure he is using it to replace the money I am owing him.

“He has been doing it, the money he is owing me amounted to a huge sum, he should pay me, so that I can pay him as well.”

The defendant lamented that Hassan has locked up the beer parlour and even chased away his barmen and sales girls.

Responding to the accusations, Hassan admitted to the court that he drank beer at Genesis' bar but deliberately refused to pay for the beer because of the rent arrears owed to him.

He said, “As I discovered that he was not making efforts to pay me my money, I started drinking beer on credit in his beer parlour to cover up the money he is owing.

“I have not taken up to the amount he is owing me, if that is the case, he should deduct the beer money from the rent arrears and pay me my balance.”

The presiding Magistrate, Mr Victor Manga, ordered Hassan to carry out a check and balance with Genesis since he admitted to owing him money.

Punch reports that Manga jokingly added that, Genesis was probably giving Hassan beer as a replacement for the rent arrears.

He asked that the discussion between the pair be supervised by the court bailiff, Sule Ishaku.

Manga also ordered Hassan to unlock the beer parlour, noting that he has no right to do lock up the place.

He then gave Genesis one month to vacate the property as soon as the check and balance are completed.

After the check and balance, it was discovered that the landlord and drank beer worth N45, 000.

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