Landlord, wife slit tenant’s face over unpaid rent

Oyiza Peter

When 37-year-old, Oyiza Peter woke up on Sunday 29th March, never in her widest thought, did it occur to her that she would be attacked before the end of day or that she will be inflicted with injuries.

Oyiza was attacked by her landlord Ubasinachi Samson Ukwezor, at their residence at No, 78 Ikotun Egbe, Cele Bus Stop, Amudalatu area of Lagos because her rent had expired the previous month.

Recounting how she was attacked by her landlord, the mother of two who could hardly speak because of the pains from her injury that was stitched a few days back, said that “Our rent expired last month and we haven’t been able to raise money for it yet. Before our rent expired, the landlord had already served us quit notice but we appealed to him to allow us to get another accommodation which he agreed.”

However, on March 29th, I was at home when I overheard my husband and the landlord quarrelling because the landlord brought a plumber to disconnect the tap connected to our flat.

“So I came out of the house to settle the misunderstanding between my husband and landlord. I pleaded with my husband not to join issues with the landlord and he listened and came inside our apartment.”

Explaining further, Oyiza said “Hours later, when the matter had already died down, I went outside to fetch water. On my way back after fetching the water, I felt an object hit my face and my arm which was spontaneously followed by the gushing out of blood.

When I looked back, it was the landlord and his wife Anulika Ubasinachi that attacked me from behind. Since I was attacked from behind, I cannot say categorically the object I was attacked with but the cut looked like one from a jack knife and that of a razor blade.

“Even though I was writhing in pains, I made sure I snapped pictures of the deep cut injury for record purposes. The deep cut had already been stitched and healing up gradually as I am taking my medication but the fact remains that the pain remains and a scar that will follow will follow me to the grave”.

Landlord

It was gathered that the victim’s husband Rowland, immediately reported the case at the Ikotun Police Station. And the landlord and his wife were apprehended and detained. Later the police allowed them to go with a stern warning for them to return after the COVID-19 scourge subsides.

However, at the Police Station, the landlord revealed that he attacked Oyiza with a blade which he presented at the station but there was no blood stain on the said blade.

Meanwhile, Oyiza called on the Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu and the state Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu, and the good people of Lagos State to come to her rescue and ensure that she gets justice.

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