Landlord stabs tenant to death, remanded in prison

For allegedly stabbing his tenant to death, Gbade Metibemu is to be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.

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Metibemu, 34, was presented to face trial in a charge of murder before Magistrate K. A. Ariyo of an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Thursday, but his plea was not taken.

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The prosecutor, Corporal Hafsat Ajibodu, said the accused committed the offence on July 21 at 10, Apollo Street, Makoko, Lagos.

Ajibodu said the accused and the deceased, Bright Chineme, had an argument over where the deceased’s wife should dispose off her used water in the compound.

In the course of the argument, Metibemu picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed the deceased to death, the prosecutor told the court.

The offence contravenes Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State and cannot be tried in lower courts, including magistrates’ courts.

Section 221 prescribes a death sentence for offenders.

The magistrate adjourned to October 25.

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