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‘Police, thugs used to unlawfully evict me’ — Tenant

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos has been informed by a businessman, Godwin Omodu, that his landlord’s family is allegedly involved in a threat to his life, malicious damage to properties and unlawful removal of the entrance gate of his rented premises on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The businessman, whose rented premises is located at Plot 740, (NO. 12C), Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, informed the AIG that the family unlawfully removed the building’s roof and stole computers and money worth millions of naira, in a bid to unlawfully evict him.

However, the family insisted that nobody threatened Omodu’s life, adding that the businessman stubbornly refused to quit despite breaching his tenancy by overstaying in the flat for one year and violating hygiene regulations by raring goats on the premises.

Omodu, in a January 7, 2022, petition to the AIG through his lawyer, F.S. Oladele stated, “On December 24, 2021, a woman suspected to be (a member of) the family of the owner of the property came around with four armed men to my office premises at the above address around 6:30 pm.

“Unfortunately, they could not meet me in the office, but they beat mercilessly one of my staff and wounded him. Thereafter, she (the woman) packed some of my properties outside the premises, locked up my flat which is my office specifically and padlocked the gate of the property and drove off with the key.”

Omodu further posited that when his rent expired in 2020 during the lockdown of COVID-19, he tried to renew it by paying the N2.5million rent, but his landlord’s children “rejected my money”.

“The next thing to do was to give me quit notice of seven days which I was told I am entitled to six months,” the tenant suggested.

He said he insisted on “his right” and declined to quit, following which “I was sued by the landlord’s children. The case has not been decided by the judge, but these people have decided to take laws into their hands.

“On December 24, 2021, they brought three armed mopol (Mobile Police Officers) to compel my staff to pack all our work equipment outside the premises, flogging and manhandling them with brute force and vocal oppression.

“On December 28, 2021, they employed the services of nearby construction workers and succeeded in removing the gate of the premises exposing us to vandals and burglars. They had my office and the premises locked, and they scampered away with the keys.

“On December 29, they stormed in, broke the security post, destroying doors in the apartment and removing the windows.

“On January 30, 2022, around 8:30 am, they removed the roof for the second time destroying the windows of the apartment, shattering the ceiling, removing the net from the windows and pilfering our gadgets, including our 10 Apple laptops and two Iphone 13.

“On December 31, 2021, they removed the roof of the apartment destroying the ceiling in the process.”

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