The police yesterday arraigned a 45-year-old man, Emmanuel Etubong, in a Mararaba Senior Magistrates’ court over his failure to settle his N200, 000 annual rent.
Mrs. Patient Samson, 50, a businesswoman living in Mararaba, had dragged Etubong, who is her tenant at Aso B, to the court for allegedly refusing to pay his rent.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Benjamin Ediga, told the court that the last time the accused paid his rent on the one-bedroom apartment he occupies was on January 2, 2013.
He said the accused’s rent had now expired for about five months and Etubong had since then refused to effect payment.
Ediga also told the court that this was the third time the matter had appeared before the court and the accused did not appear in court.
“Sometime in January this year, when the matter was first mentioned, the accused did not come to the court. When the case again came up in March, the accused sent a lawyer to represent him.
“Today again, the accused was not in court and has no legal representative. He only sent his wife to represent him,’’ he said.
However, Mrs. Yetunde Etubong, who stood in for the husband, refused to cross-examine the plaintiff when she was asked by the court whether she was ready to.
The presiding officer, Mr. Habila Abundaga, later told the accused’s wife that his (the accused’s) lawyer had abandoned the matter for more than three months now. “I will not allow this to continue, ’’he said.
Abundaga then foreclosed the right of the accused to cross-examine the plaintiff since his wife who represented him had said she was not ready to cross-examine the complainant.
Abundaga adjourned the case till June 6. (NAN)