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Septuagenarian gets 10 months jail term for removing tenants’ roof

By Onozure Dania

An Igbosere Magistrate’s court in Lagos, yesterday, sentenced a septuagenarian retiree, Adekunle Akinsemoyin, to 10 months imprisonment for demolishing two tenants’ toilets and removing the roofing over their heads.

The magistrate, Mrs A. T. Omoyele, who gave the ruling, however, gave Akinsemoyin an option of N90,000 fine.

She sentenced him after finding him guilty of a three-count charge of conspiracy, malicious damage and breach of peace.

On the first count of conspiracy, Omoyele sentenced Akinsemoyin to three months imprisonment with and option of N50,000 fine.

For removing the roofing sheets covering the tenants rooms, the magistrate sentenced him to one month imprisonment with an option of N15,000.

Omoyele also sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an option of N25,000 fine for unlawfully demolishing the toilets of the tenants.

The convict paid N90,000 fine and went home.

The convict, 73, was arraigned on July 7, 2015, alongside Musa Kalamu, 75, a farmer, who was, however, discharged and acquitted owing to lack of evidence linking him to the offences.

During their arraignment, the duo pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

Akinsemoyin and Kalamu were accused of conspiring to demolish toilet and illegal removal of roofing sheets covering the rooms of the complainants, Wasiu Ramon and Fatai Andoyin.

Earlier, Police Prosecutor Cyriacus Osuji told the court that the duo committed the offences on June 14, 2015 at 6.00 a.m at 24, Okiti Lane, Off Iga-Iduganran Street, Lagos Island.

The offences contravened Sections 166 (d), 338 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

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