According to the Vanguard news report, Two landlords in Lagos state have been arrested by the police and charged to court for allegedly evicting their tenants. The two landlords’ names were identified as Chuks Okoye, 62 years old, and Abubakar Lawal, 40 years old, the duo appeared at the Ojo Magistrates Court in Lagos on Monday, the 8th of November.
The prosecutor counsel while making the revelation on Monday didn’ t identify the defendant’ s residents’ addresses but they are currently standing trial on two- count charges of conspiracy and forceful eviction.
Reacting to the incident on Monday, The prosecutor counsel Asp Simeon Uche, in his statement told the court that the defendants had committed the offenses on October 25th, at No 5, Tedi st, in the Ojo area of Lagos State.
He said that the defendants had resorted to ” self- help” when they tried to evict one of their tenants whose name was identified as Sunday Komolafe, who was residing with his family in the said property at the service quarters.
Uche while speaking further told the court that the defendants had forcefully packed the personal belongings that are of the complainant and his family out of the property without their knowledge.
The prosecution counsel said that the alleged offenses which the two defendants had committed are contravened with the provisions of Sections 340 and 412 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Meanwhile, The presiding judge Magistrate, Mr. Ademola Adesanya, had granted the defendants bail in the sum of N250, 000 each which they have to provide two sureties each in like sum.
He added that the sureties that we are representing them must provide evidence of their tax payment to the court’ s registrar as part of the bail conditions before it can be met.
Adesanya, in his final statement, had further adjourned the case until January 10th, 2022, for the remaining mention.