Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Landlord Serves Ex-IG Notice To Quit His N8m/Year Rented Property

The owner of an Abuja residence of a former Inspector-General of Police and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, has issued the former police boss a quit notice.The landlord, Kundi Nigeria Limited, was said to have taken the step after Okiro allegedly refused to vacate the house at the termination of his tenancy.

The house is located at A06-4 Esa Oke Hill Close, Off Katsina Ala Crescent, Maitama District, Abuja.

Okiro is said to have ignored a three-month quit notice earlier served on him on April 30, 2015 and the seven days “notice of owner’s intention to recover vacant possession of the property” which was served on him on December 1, 2015 by the property owner.

This is contained in the plaintiff’s averment in a writ of summons marked, CV/M/01/1016 issued at the District Court of the Federal Capital Territory Wuse, Abuja by Kundi Limited through its lawyer, Baba lawal Aliyu.

The plaintiff seeks among others, an order compelling Okiro to vacate the property and pay “mesne profit from October 31, 2015 at N666,666.00 per month till when judgment is entered.”

Kundi stated that it entered into a two-year tenancy agreement with Okiro on July 25, 2013 at an annual rent of N8m for the property – a five-bedroom duplex and three-bedroom guest chalet. It added that it issued the ex-IGP a quit notice and subsequently a seven-day notice of intention to recover the property at the expiration of the agreement.

It stated that despite the two notices, as required by the agreement, Okiro allegedly refused to vacate the house, a development that informed the suit.

“Since the expiration of the tenancy, the defendant has remained in occupation and enjoyment of the property and thereby accumulated mesne profit,” it added.

The plaintiff alleged that Okiro had said he would remove the fittings he purportedly erected in the property if he was to vacate the property.

It applied to the court to restrain the ex-IGP from removing any fittings from the property as there was no agreement between parties for the tenant to effect any renovation in the house.

Okiro has yet to file any response to the case, which has yet to be assigned for hearing.


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