Tenant Sets 83 Year Old Landlord Ablaze over Unpaid rent (PICTURED)

by on March 18, 2016
There was pandemoni­um in Uwa Street Benin City, the Edo State capi­tal on Wednesday when one Jeff Obasohan allegedly set ablaze his 83-year-old landlord, iden­tified as Pa Joseph Iyen over un­paid rent.
The incident which oc­curred at the deceased’s resi­dence in Oredo Local Govern­ment Area drew the attention of residents in the area who thronged the scene to sym­pathise with the victim’s family.
The protracted quarrel which ensued over unpaid rent was said to have heightened when the late Pa Iyen gave Obasohan two quit notices on two occa­sions which Obasohan alleged­ly refused to heed.
The disagreement was said to have reached its peak leading to the tragic end of the landlord who died following the severe burns he sustained from the fire.
The remains of the late Pa Jo­seph Iyen were later taken to a mortuary by security operatives.
The wife of the deceased, Mrs Esther, alleged that the tenant had threatened her life and that of her late husband when he failed to pay his electricity bill as at when due.
The daughter of the late land­lord, Faith, alleged that the ten­ant had been officially asked to leave the building in 2014 and 2015.
Eganbor, who described his fa­ther as a ‘kind’ man, called for a thorough investigation on the matter and ensure justice for the aggrieved family members.
The state Police Public Rela­tions Officer, Osifo Abiodun, when contacted on telephone on Thursday confirmed the incident and said the case has been trans­ferred to the State Criminal Inves­tigation Department for further investigation.

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