8th October, 2010
Tenant, Chief Sikiru Kazeem has told the rent tribunal sitting in Ejigbo, Lagos StateÂ that he stopped paying his house rent when his landlord, Baba Ekundayo, jumped bail whenÂ he stood surety for him at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba,Â Lagos.
The 67-year-old Kazeem told the court, presided over by Mrs. S. O. Solebo, that hisÂ landlord committed a crime and was arrested by operatives of the SCID, adding that heÂ went to bail him and promised the police that he would not jump bail. But his landlordÂ proved him wrong as he ran away as soon as he was released.
Kazeem told the court that he was arrested for failure to produce him as promised. SinceÂ then, he said his landlord has been on the run, adding that he paid a lot of money toÂ regain his freedom.
He said that he could not continue to pay his house rent since he jumped bail whichÂ showed that he lacked good character.
The defendant said: â€œI did not see my landlord as he claimed. He did not serve me a quitÂ notice because since he jumped bail, he has gone into hiding to evade arrest and I haveÂ not seen him.â€
â€œHe did not serve me quit notice because he has been in hiding and I also stopped payingÂ my houre rent because he has no good character by jumping bail at SCID, putting me hisÂ surety into trouble,â€ he added.
Pa Kazeem said if he knew that Ekundayo would appear in the court, â€œI would have informedÂ the police to come and arrest himâ€.
The landlord, Baba Ekundayo has dragged Chief Kazeem his tenant at 12 Abanuda Street,Â Isolo, Lagos to the rent tribunal to recover the apartment Pa Kazeem had occupied forÂ some years.
Ekundayo claimed that Kazeem has being owing him arrears of rent for two years and hadÂ refused to pay him after several demands. He also claimed that Kazeem constituted aÂ nuisance in the house as he brings in all sorts of women.
The matter has been adjourned till 12 October, 2010 for continuation of hearing