A 60-year-old landlord, Cletus Egwuatumba, and his secretary, Ngozi Onuaju, 36, have landed in trouble after they allegedly broke into a tenant’s apartment and removed his doors in order to renovate the apartment in his absence.
The tenant, Pastor Evan Obiora, reported to the police that the landlord invaded his apartment and allegedly stole his $6,000 and digital camera.
The incident happened at 6, Amoka Street, Abaranje, Ikotun, where Obiora rented the apartment.
The police at Ikotun Division arrested Egwuatumba and Onuaju over the incident.
According to the police, Egwuatumba broke into Obiora’s apartment and removed the two doors leading to his apartment and left it like that when Obiora was not at home.
The landlord claimed he did so because he was carrying out renovation in the apartment, but did not explain why he did it in Obiora’s absence.
According to Obiora, he went on an evangelical mission which took him days and nobody was in his three-bedroom apartment when Egwuatumba broke the doors and left it like that until he came back from the trip.
He said when he saw what happened, he went where he kept the $6,000 and the digital camera and discovered they were no more there.
He said when he confronted the landlord about renovating his apartment in his absence and asked about the money and the camera, he denied seeing the items.
After their arrest and investigation, they were charged with conspiracy and stealing before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ejigbo.
They pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E. Adeyemi, granted them bail with two sureties.
The matter was adjourned till October 5.
They were subsequently remanded at Kirikiri prison pending when they will perfect their bail condition.