Landlord remanded in prison for allegedly stabbing tenant to death

For allegedly stabbing his tenant to death, Gbade Metibemu is to be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.

Metibemu, 34, was presented to face trial in a charge of murder before Magistrate K. A. Ariyo of an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Thursday, but his plea was not taken.

The prosecutor, Corporal Hafsat Ajibodu, said the accused committed the offence on July 21 at 10, Apollo Street, Makoko, Lagos.

Ajibodu said the accused and the deceased, Bright Chineme, had an argument over where the deceased’s wife should dispose off her used water in the compound.

In the course of the argument, Metibemu picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed the deceased to death, the prosecutor told the court.

The offence contravenes Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State and cannot be tried in lower courts, including magistrates’ courts.

Section 221 prescribes a death sentence for offenders.

The magistrate adjourned to October 25.

Landlord Commits Suicide In Ibadan, Leaves Three-page Suicide Note.

A 48-year-old landlord on Tuesday hanged himself in Ibadan, leaving behind a three-page suicide note.

 

The incident happened in Idi-Ose along Akan road in Ona Ara Council Area of the city. The deceased, Popoola Adepoju, was found in his room dangling from a rope tied to a ceiling fan. Residents of the area said the father of three sent his children on an errand before taking his own life.

 

Adepoju’s wife told the police that her husband left the defunct National Electric Power Authority in Abeokuta two years ago but his entitlement was yet to be paid. She added that he had engaged himself in cement business on a small scale before his death.

 

His family initially refused to hand over the suicide note to the police but after the intervention of the general chairman of the Idi Ose community, Taiwo Alimi, it was taken to the Akanran Police Division. The deceased was interred in his house after the Divisional Police Officer at the station, Aliko Dankoli, gave the family permission to proceed with his burial arrangement.

 

A member of Four Square Gospel Church, where Adepoju worshipped with his family, said he attended Monday morning service in the church and never gave a sign of depression. He said, “Adepoju was a devout Christian, pious and was talented. He was always offering tangible suggestions whenever the Welfare Committee of the zone met. What could have informed this action is unclear.

 

We were together at the early morning service at our church on Monday. We usually have such service on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of every month. When I saw him last on Monday evening after the evening service, he never gave the premonition that he was going to commit suicide.”

 

A landlord in the area, who did not give his name, however gave a hint that the deceased was going through a difficult period.

 

He said that the deceased had wanted to sell his Honda car for N250,000 but only got a buyer who was ready to pay N150,000. He said Adepoju had planned to buy a smaller car to be used as taxi to supplement what he made from the small cement business he was doing.

 

He said, “he wanted to sell the car so he could buy a small vehicle which he would be using as cab to serve as a sustaining means of livelihood for his family. He however said that the amount being offered was insufficient.

 

He sometimes complained that things were no longer as they were before he was disengaged from work. It was a surprise when we discovered that this unfortunate incident had happened.

Tenant Kills Landlord Over Electricity Bill

A 75-year old landlord in Ondo town was last weekend reportedly killed by his tenant over electricity bill.

The Septugenarian named Kayode Osunkalu, was a retired civil servant at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and owner of a two-storey building located at 17, Ayeferere street, Ondo.

He was said to be hale and hearty before the unfortunate incident.

Sources said the late Septuagenarian, had before the incident had an argument with his tenant, Tope Akideji over electricity bill that was brought to the house by the officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

Osunkalu was said to have ordered all his tenants to pay up within 24-hour the bill brought to the house by the BEDC.

The move was said to have infuriated the suspect which resulted into argument between them.

The suspect was said to have held the late landlord for several minutes and allegedly beat him.

The late landlord was said to have slumped in the process and was rushed to the Ondo State Specialist Hospital where he was later confirmed dead by the Doctors.

The Divisional Police Officer (DP0) in charge of Enuowa Division, Kunle Omisakin, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect has been transferred to the homicide section in Akure for further investigation.

He said the remains of the late landlord had been deposited at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital mortuary, Ondo, while investigation has continued on the matter.

Credit: Nation