Landlady arrested for breaking into tenant’s apartment and carting away with properties

Lagos State Police has arraigned a middle-aged landlady, Mrs. Uche Obiaguim, for allegedly breaking into the apartment of one of her tenants, Patience Godwin, and carting away her properties.

PM Express reports that Obiaguim who owns a house on 10, Victor Enuka Street, Bucknor Estate in Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos, burgled Godwin’s house when she fell sick and traveled to her hometown for treatment.

According to neighbours, Obiaguim reportedly broke into the tenant’s apartment in her absence, removed her properties and converted them to her own use believing that Godwin will die from the ailment and not come back to the house.

It was gathered that the tenant had paid Obiaguim one year rent in January 2017 before she traveled home with the rent due to elapse by December 2017.

However, the landlady removed Godwin’s property from her apartment and kept them for her own use while she rented out the apartment to another person. The police noted that the properties Obiaguim stole from her tenant included a mattress, generator, fan, rug, kitchen utensils, among others.

It was learned that when the tenant survived the ailment and came back, she saw that her apartment had been rented to another person while her properties had also been removed and on inquiries, she found out that it was her landlady who had burgled her room.

Godwin reported the matter at the Ejigbo Police Division leading to the arrest of Obiaguim and her subsequent arraignment at the Isolo Magistrates Court for the alleged offense.

When the charges were read to her, the accused pleaded not guilty and the presiding Magistrate, Mr. A.O. Ogbe granted her bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

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