A certain Benin tenant identified as Jeff Obasohan has reportedly been accused of setting his 83-year-old landlord, Pa Joseph Iyen, on fire over disputes pertaining to unpaid rents.
The landlord, Pa Joseph Iyen, died from severe burns and injuries sustained from the fire incident. The incident happened in Benin City, Edo State, at the landlord’s residence located between 2nd East Circular road and 3rd East Circular road in Benin.
Reports say the landlord had served the owing tenant (Jeff Obasohan) quit notice on two occasions, but the tenant refused to pay his rent or move out of the residence, which led to the quarrel that resulted in Pa Iyen’s tragic death on Wednesday, following severe burns he sustained from the fire.
Wife of the deceased, Mrs. Esther Iyen, while speaking to journalists on the tragic incident, alleged that the tenant had threatened her life and that of her late husband, adding that the suspect had also failed to pay his electricity bill.
In her words;
“He does not pay his house rent, he does not pay the light bill. Since 2014, we said he should leave this house, I don’t want trouble. He threatened to kill me or my husband. We took him to court. Then, my husband fell sick. Later, they said that the case had been struck out.”
Also, daughter of the deceased, Faith Eganbor, who described her father as a kind man, confirmed that the tenant had been asked to leave the building in 2014 and 2015, and called for a thorough investigation of the matter to ensure justice for the aggrieved family members.
“I need justice in my father’s matter. My father was a good man; he was kind to a fault. This is not the first time that this tenant has been asked to leave this house.”
“They gave him quit notice early this year, in 2014 and 2015. We came this morning to find out (that) our father is dead; burnt,”
An Edo State Police Command spokesman, DSP Osifo Abiodun, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect has been arrested, adding that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.