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Landlord’s son stabs tenant over unpaid rent; docked

Following his not-guilty plea, the magistrate released him on N200,000 bail.

• December 8, 2021
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A 30-year-old landlord’s son, Nurudeen Adegboyega, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday in Lagos for allegedly assaulting a tenant with a bottle.

The police charged Mr Adegboyega, who resides in Aboru, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos State, with assault.

The defendant committed the offence on October 2 at 9:00 a.m., at his residence, the prosecution counsel, Mojirade Edeme, told the court.

She said that the defendant assaulted one Lukmon Tanimowo, by stabbing him with a broken bottle over unpaid rent.

“An argument ensued between the parties over rent. The defendant picked a bottle and started stabbing the complainant all over his body.

“Mr Adegboyega stopped the act when he saw blood gushing out from the complainant’s body.

“Other co-tenants quickly rushed the complainant to the hospital to save his life,” she said.

Ms Edeme said that the case was reported to the police which led to the arrest of the defendant.

The offence contravenes Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which prescribes three years jail term for assault.

Following his not-guilty plea, the magistrate, O.A Dirisu, released him on N200,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Ms Dirisu said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years of tax payment to the Lagos state government.

The magistrate fixed a further hearing for January 12, 2022.

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