Tenant Battles Landlady Over Forceful Eviction

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Tenant Battles Landlady Over Forceful Eviction

A tenant, Mrs. Ivie Ndupu, has dragged her landlady, Mrs. Olushola Oshodi, to the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, for attempting to eject her forcefully.

A tenant, Mrs. Ivie Ndupu, has dragged her landlady, Mrs. Olushola Oshodi, to the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, for attempting to eject her forcefully.

Mrs. Ndupu, who rented a three-bedroom apartment, at 23, Obokun Avenue, Ojodu, Lagos, from Mrs. Oshodi, resorted to the OPD after her efforts to get justice was allegedly frustrated by the police.

In her petition to the OPD, the embattled tenant stated that her tenancy started in July, 2006, when she paid her landlady two years rent in respect of the said apartment, at the rate of N250,000 per annum.

She disclosed that her tenancy expired in August, 2008, and at the expiration of the tenancy, the landlady wrote through her lawyers that she was increasing the rent from N250,000 per annum, to N350,000.

P.M.News gathered that after negotiation with her landlady and the latter insisted on the new rate, Mrs Ndupu pleaded for more time to secure another accommodation, as she could not afford the new rate.

The tenant alleged that the landlady threatened, intimidated and harassed her through the use of fierce looking men to force her out of the premises, but she resisted and instructed her lawyers to write the landlady. The matter was also reported at the Ojodu police station.

P.M.News learnt that on 2 January, when the tenant returned from her holiday trip to her Benin country home, around 8 p.m., she met the roof of the building removed, her window nets destroyed and television antenna broken.

She said she reported the incident at the Ojodu police station where an investigating police officer (IPO), identified as Ebenezer, was assigned to her to go and assess the extent of damage done to her apartment.

On opening the apartment, the tenant alleged that some of her valuables, including a box of jewelry, laptop, foreign currencies and money, totalling millions of Naira, were missing. When contacted on phone to state her own side of the story, a young man, who claimed to be the landlady’s son, said his mother had travelled.

Few moments later, a male voice claiming to be Barrister Funsho Mustapha, solicitor to the landlady, asked why we had to call his client. After explanation, the lawyer said the woman was away in Abuja and that she would return on Tuesday to state her own side of the story. Every efforts made to get her to respond to the allegations have so far proved futile. Lagos police command spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, said he was aware of the matter, adding that the police would not take sides on the issue.

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