A 50-year-old man, Igwe James, yesterday, February 7, appeared in a Magistrates’ Court, Life Camp, Abuja for allegedly refusing to pay his rent for ten years.
He was accused of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The prosecution counsel, ASP Peter Ejike, of the FCT Police Command, told the court that the landlord, Mogbo Godffrey, reported the case at the Life Camp Police Station on February 2, at 8 AM.
He alleged that in 2009, the complainant rented out his apartment for N30, 000 yearly and James paid.
Ejike noted that subsequently, the defendant refused to pay the rent for 10 years as at November 2019.
He also alleged that the defendant fraudulently rented out another empty apartment in the building to one Ordi Chinedu, for N150, 000 without the consent of the landlord.
He said the offence contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
Nation online reports that the defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Nwecheonwu Elewe admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, adding that the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the court officials.
Elewe adjourned the case until March 31 for hearing.