A Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered a tenant, Mrs Oyindamola Ogundipe, to pay an accumulated rent amounting to N11.2 million to her landlord, Mr Monguno.
The total amount comprises rent arrears of N6.4 million which accumulated between 2019, 2020 and 2021, as well as N267,000 monthly payments between August, 2021 and February, 2022 respectively.
The payment also included N267,000 monthly as mesne profit, from March 1, 2022 to date until when the defendant completes the payment and vacates the property.
Delivering the judgment, Senior Magistrate Raphael Egbe, ordered the defendant to vacate the plaintiff’s apartment, which she had been occupying since 2017.
“Accordingly, the defendant is hereby ordered to immediately vacate House 41, Festus Nwore St., Karsana, Efab Estate, Abuja.
“The claimant/plaintiff is ordered to recover N6.4 million as arrears of rent for the period in question from August, 2021 to February, 2022.
“The defendant is also ordered to pay the plaintiff N267,000 monthly, as mense profit, from March 1, 2022, until she vacates possession of the premises,” Magistrate Egbe held.
The plaintiff had, through his counsel, led the suit on April 30, 2022, praying for the payment of accrued rent arrears of N9, 600,000 from August 2019 to August 2022.
The claimant/plaintiff had also prayed for a court order compelling the defendant to pay a mesne profit of 267, 000 monthly from March 2022 until when the quit notice expired and the property’s possession was delivered.
It was reported that throughout the course of the matter, the defendant never appeared in court, nor was she represented by a lawyer.