Police in Lagos nab landlord for shooting tenant over rent

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The Police in Lagos has arrested a landlord, simply identified as Afuye for shooting at his tenant over rent.

Afuye was arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly shooting his tenant, Olaoluwa-Daniel Yaya, over outstanding rent at their place of residence at Mosalisi Street, Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking to PUNCH Metro, Yaya said that he pleaded with his landlord to give him more time to make the payment, but after he left for work on Saturday, he received a call from his wife that Afuye and his wife were making trouble with her.

Yaya alleged that when he returned home and went to meet the landlord, he suddenly brought out a gun and shot at him six times, adding that his wife collapsed at the sound of the gunshot.

In his words, “I was fortunate to see one of the bullet pellets and I took it to the police station and filed a report. Policemen followed me home, arrested him and recovered the gun. While being questioned by the Divisional Police Officer, Afuye said he had only one gun, but because the DPO was not satisfied with his explanation, some policemen were instructed to go back to search his house and they recovered two other guns.

“When the DPO asked why he had guns and why he shot at me for owing him rent instead of issuing me a quit notice, he said he had stayed abroad for over 50 years and that he purchased the guns there. He has been in detention since, while my wife is being administered with a drip at home because she is hypertensive,” Yaya explained.

SP Muyiwa Adejobi, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, when contacted said, “The man (Afuye) has been arrested and transferred to the SCIID for proper investigation. His arms and ammunition were recovered from him. We are looking into the matter. We will update you as and when due.”

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