Tenant charged for renovating Lekki home without landlord’s consent

A tenant, Ayo Adegbite, ?who allegedly damaged and stole items belonging to his landlord, was, on Thursday, arraigned before an Igbosere magistrates’ court.

It was gathered that 42-year-old Adegbite rented an apartment at 25, Adedeji Street, Lekki Phase 1, but was later accused  by his landlord, one Ken Orji, of stealing and damaging some properties in the compound.

The defendant was accused of unlawfully damaging 60 KVA sound proof generator valued at N3.5 million; six units of two horse power Samsung air conditioners valued at N290,000? each; two. 1.5 horse power remote controlled air conditioners valued at N200,000 each; exotic light valued at N200,000; one unit of Samsung Hifi player valued at N95,000; one unit Samsung TV valued N153,000 and three bulletproof doors valued at N800,000 each.

The total value of property allegedly damaged amounted to N11,188,000.

The landlord also accused Adegbite of threatening him and also renovating the property without his consent.

He further stated that the defendant threatened the life of one Dr Emeka Egbuonu through phone calls and text messages to intimidate him.

Adegbite’s offences are punishable under sections 409, ?337(1) (2)(3), 278(1)(a)(b)(2)(a)(f), 285(1), 338 and 56(1)(a) of the criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria 2011.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

The presiding? magistrate, W. Balogun, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2 million with one surety in like sum, who must depose to an affidavit of and also have his address verified.

The case was adjourned till July 20.

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