Landlord Arraigned for Changing Tenant’s Shop Padlock

Landlord Arraigned for Changing Tenant's Shop Padlock

The police on Wednesday arraigned a 35-year-old man, Maroof Buhari, at an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for alleged breach of peace and stealing.

The defendant, of no fixed address, is standing trial on a two-count charge of breach of peace and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 1, at Irona in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendant, who is the landlord to the complainant, Saheed Olatunbosun, a tenant in his shop, caused a breach of peace by padlocking the shop in his tenant’s absence and changed the key.

Apata also alleged that the defendant stole shoes and sandals valued at N250,000 belonging to the complainant.

He noted that the offences contravened Section 249(d) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His counsel, Mr Gbenga Ariyibi, urged the court to grant him bail with a promise that he would not jump bail.

The Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Ajibade, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

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