A Lagos State High Court yesterday gave the Osun State commissioner for youths, sports and special needs, Stephen Kola-Balogun a seven-day ultimatum to pay his landlord, Justice Adeniyi Adetokunbo-Ademola a total sum of N5.5million.
The trial judge, Justice O. A. Adefope-Okojie ordered the commissioner to pay the sum being the unpaid arrears of a rented apartment between August 1, 2009 and April 2012.
The judge in the judgement also ordered the commissioner to pay the sum to his landlord, a sitting judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, within seven days of the delivery of the judgment, or risk being in contempt of the court.
Justice Adetokunbo-Ademola, had dragged Kola-Balogun and his wife, Taiwo, before the court for their failure to pay rent arrears of an apartment located at 51C, Oduduwa Crescent in the Government Reserved Area (GRA), Ikeja in Lagos.
The claimant had claimed that the commissioner and his wife had refused to pay the rent arrears despite repeated demands.
The judge further alleged that the commissioner also refused to give up possession of the property, despite issuing quit notice to that effect.
The plaintiff also stressed that the commissioner had never paid the house rent as at when due since the first payment resulting in substantial rent arrears over the years.
He, therefore, sought an order of the court directing the commissioner to vacate the property as well as pay the arrears up till the time he moves out of the house.
However, during the pendency of the suit, the commissioner was said to have given up the possession of the property, while the court was left with determination of actual amount due to be paid by the commissioner.
After reviewing the case, Justice Adefope-Okojie said: “By my calculation, the total sum owed at the rate stated above is N4million for the two tenancy years 1st August, 2009 to 31st July, 2011, and N1.5million for the period of 1st August, 2011 to April 2012 (nine months) at the rate of N166, 666.67 per month claimed.
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