Landlord sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for removing tenants’ roof

Land law/Real estate, Landlord and Tenant law, Property Law

Landlord sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for removing tenants’ roof

The Tenancy Law of Lagos State particularly Section 8, 9 and 41 (1)  in conjunction with criminal law makes the act of  disturbing peaceful enjoyment of the rented apartment by the landlord criminal and punishable imprisonment.

A septuagenarian, Adekunle Akinsemoyin, has been jailed for demolishing the toilet and removing the roof of his tenants’ rooms.

PUNCH reported that on June14, 2015, around 6am, Akinsemoyin illegally removed the roofing sheet covering the rooms of his tenants, Wasiu Ramon and Fatai Andoyin, and demolished their toilet.

Akinsemoyin and one Musa Kalamu were arrested and subsequently arraigned on July 7, 2015, before Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on three counts of conspiracy, malicious damage, breach of public peace and unlawful demolition.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The offence committed was said to be punishable under sections 409, 166 (d), 338, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

On Tuesday, the presiding magistrate, A.T. Omoleye, sentenced Akinsemoyin to a total of 10 months’ imprisonment with an option of N90,000 fine.

Akinsemoyin was convicted after he was found guilty of malicious damage and breach of the peace.

Kalamu, a farmer, was however discharged and acquitted due to lack of evidence linking him to the alleged crime.

The magistrate, Omoyele had found Akinsemoyin guilty of conspiracy, malicious damage, breach of public peace and sentenced him to three months’ imprisonment with an option of N50,000 fine.

Likewise, she found him guilty of removing the roofing sheets covering the tenants’ rooms and sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment with an option of N15,000.

Source: punch online

Farmland for Sale: N200,000 per acre at Odeda, Ogun State

3 comments

  • This is an obnoxious law.
    A man disciplined himself to be able to build a house to serve as pension in his old age.
    Most tenants drink to enjoy them selves and refuse to pay rent.
    What is the law driving at? HOUSES TO BE RENTED OUT FOR FREE???
    The old man must have been pushed to the wall.
    Some instances that landlords took such cases up legally, frustration is the end result on the part of the landlords.
    This judgement is most unfair on the old man.
    God will not judge the case like that.
    God save us all.

    • No matter what might have happened, it is wrong to take law into one’s hands.Tenancy law is to regulate the affairs between landlord and tenant to prevent anarchy.there is a procedure to seeking repossession of a demised property when the tenant is in default.

    • No matter what might have happened, it is wrong to take law into one’s hands.Tenancy law is to regulate the affairs between landlord and tenant to prevent anarchy.there is a procedure to seeking repossession of a demised property when the tenant is in default.

Leave a Reply