A 48-year-old Lagos landlord, Kehinde Davies, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ogba, for allegedly beating up his female tenant.
Davies, an auto dealer, who was arraigned by the police before Magistrate O. I. Raji, on Thursday, is facing a two-count bordering on battering and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace.
The prosecutor, Inspector Emmanuel Ajayi, told the court that the defendant allegedly beat his tenant Nafisat Sanusi.
Ajayi said the incident took place on April 16, 2023, around 8.30pm, at No. 17, William Elliot Estate, the Abule Egba area of Lagos.
He said the defendant allegedly assaulted the victim, by beating her and causing her bodily harm.
The prosecutor also told the court that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed contravened Sections 172 and 168 (D) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
However, the defendant denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following the not-guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand the defendant to a correctional centre pending the determination of the charges against him.
But the defendant, through his lawyer, pleaded with the court to admit him to bail in the most liberal terms on the ground that he is a first-time offender and that the charges against him are bailable ones.
Consequently, Magistrate Raji, who stood in for Magistrate O. Fagbohun, admitted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.