Lagos landlord docked for evicting tenant without court order

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A 44-year-old landlord, Olawale Pelewura, who allegedly ejected a tenant without a court order and damaged property worth N2.3 million, on Wednesday appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court Lagos. 

Mr Pelewura of No. 6 Silifatu Akinsanya St., Ijeshatedo Surulere, Lagos, was tried on a four-count charge of conspiracy, wilful damage, forceful eviction and stealing.

Prosecution counsel, Inspector Courage Ekhueorohan, told the court that Mr Pelewura committed the offence on December 10 at No 6, Silifatu Akinsanya St., Ijeshatedo Surulere, Lagos,

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Mr Ekhueorohan alleged that Mr Pelewura and some others still at large, had forcefully ejected his tenant, Godwin Onuja, from his apartment without securing a court order.

He submitted that Mr Pelewura and his accomplices damaged chairs and stole cash, wrist watch, gold chain, CD set, all valued at N2.3 million.

According to him, the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 168 (D), 287, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 revised.

The magistrate, O.O. Otitoju, granted Mr Pelewura bail in the sum of N500,000, with two responsible sureties in like sum.

Mr Otitoju said that the sureties must be relatives of the defendant (Pelewura) and have a valid means of identification.

The case was adjourned until January 20 for further hearing.

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