Tenants Batter Retired Army Major


By Cyriacus Izuekwe

A retired major in the Nigeria Army, Samuel Akande, was beaten black and blue by his tenants when he served them a quit notice and demanded for electricity bill.

The two tenants, Dele Gabriel, 48 and 30-year old-Benjamin Oyibo, were alleged to have beaten the landlord because he did not give them peace of mind since they started living in the house.

The incident happened at 2, Olusami Adefiloye Street, Council bus stop, Idimu, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

When P.M.NEWS contacted the landlord, he confirmed that he was beaten and injured by the tenants because he asked them to pack out of his house which they have not done. He said they started beating him when he told them to pay their bills.

But the defendants said that the man has been troublesome. They alleged that the landlord, because of his military background, used to harass, threaten and intimidate them.

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Their action has, however, landed them in prison custody as they were charged to court with assault by the police.

When the charge was read to them, they pleaded not guilty to the charge. The magistrate, Mrs. S.O Solebo, granted them bail in the sum of N20,000 with one responsible surety.

The defendants were, however, ordered to be remanded in prison custody when they could not meet the bail conditions.

The matter has been adjourned till 2 January, 2011 for hearing.

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