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House Rent Palava Tenant in the dock for attempting to set caretaker

A man has been remanded in prison for allegedly attempting to set his caretaker on fire over house rent.

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A middle-aged man, Damian Maduakor, has been arraigned at the Magistrates' Court sitting in Ejigbo, Lagos Lagos State, for allegedly attempting to set the caretaker of his rented house, Eric Madueke, on fire over a disagreement over house rent.

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PM News reports that Maduakor had bought petrol and kept it inside his house on Tope Oluwasun street, Igando area of the state,  after the caretaker informed him that he was coming to collect arrears of rent he owed his landlord, with the intention of dousing Madueke and setting him ablaze.

It was gathered that Maduakor was owing arrears of rent which prompted the landlord, Lewis Nwankwo, to drag him to court for ejection but however, the court ruled that the landlord did not serve him the quit notice properly as the tenant was paying yearly rent and as such, was entitled to six months notice instead of the one month notice given to him by the landlord.

But the caretaker insisted that he would recover the arrears of rents despite the fact that Maduakor was given fresh notice to pack out of the house.

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On the day of the incident happened, when Madueke went to harass the tenant for the money, Maduakor reportedly brought out a gallon of petrol and poured on it him but before he could set him on fire, Maduekwe managed to escape.

The matter was reported to the police at Igando Division and Maduakor was then arrested and charged before the court on a one-count charge of threat to life, a charge he pleaded not guilty to.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs J.O.E Adeyemi, granted him bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum, but however ordered that he be remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail condition, while case was adjourned till 4 May 2016.

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