Micro Finance Bank Boss Arrested Over Rent Palaver

Posted on December 8, 2016

CYRIACUS IZUEKWE

Nkechi Nwatu

The boss of Grooming Centre Micro Finance Bank in Ejigbo, Lagos, Nigeria, Mrs Isoken Nwabunka, has landed in trouble after she illegally threw out her tenant from a three-bedroom flat for not completely paying her one year rent.
She was  arrested and granted an administrative bail to go and open the apartment.
The incident happened at 2 De’ Torti Nwanbunka street in Ejigbo where she rented the three bedroom flat to Chimezie Nwatu.
Apart from that, she allegedly ordered her aides to remove the roof of the flat to ensure the occupants did not return to the place despite the fact she had collected six months rent out of the arrears.
The wife of the tenant, Nkechi Nwatu and their four children have been sleeping on the street for the past three weeks and every appeal by the residents to the landlady fell on deaf ears.

Mrs Isoken Nwabunka


P.M.EXPRESS gathered that the landlady was angry that Nkechi’s husband, Chimezie, travelled abroad without informing her.
According to the embittered Nkechi, their trouble started after their rent expired in March 2016 and she went to the landlady and pleaded with her to collect six months part payment since she was still expecting her husband who was abroad to send the full rent to her.
She said the landlady agreed and asked her to ensure that she paid the remaining balance to complete the one year rent of N400,000.
She said when the payment she made lapsed in October and when Nwabunka demanded the balance, she asked her to be patient as she was making arrangement to gather the money to pay.



Nkechi said she was shocked when on 15 November, 2016 the landlady stormed the flat with Mobile police officers and some thugs and ordered her and the children to move out and locked up the flat.
She said the thugs Nwabunka brought also removed the roof and unfortunately, there was heavy rain the next day which she said damaged their property.
When our correspondent contacted the landlady who is from  Edo State and married to an Igbo man, she said they were owing her rent and it was her policy her tenant must pay her one year rent which they failed to comply with.
P.M. EXPRESS gathered that the victim was owing three months rent which will be due at the end of December 2016 and the husband was expected to return to pay the balance but the landlady would not hear of that.
Following the illegal eviction, the matter was reported to the police at Ejigbo division who ordered her to open the flat and follow due process to effect possession. She ignored the police advcie and has gone into hiding.
Nkechi alleged that Mrs Nwabunka and her lawyer, Barrister Uju Okafor, were threatening to eliminate her and her children if she took any further action against Nwabunka.
The latest development has now resulted in the matter being taken before the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who has ordered full investigation.
This followed a petition written by Nkechi through her lawyer, Barrister Hope Nwaogwugwu, that the police should investigate the matter and ensure justice is done.

One response to “Micro Finance Bank Boss Arrested Over Rent Palaver”

  1. OJB says:

    So there is no law in Nigeria

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