A tenant, Yemi Daramola has allegedly bitten her landlord, Mr Paul Ajayi on the lower lips, cutting off a part during a misunderstanding over unpaid rent in Akure the Ondo State capital.
The incident which occurred at Fanibi area is now before a Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
An eyewitness explained that the suspect(Yemi) is the wife of one Ojo Daramola who rented a room apartment and had been living in the house for more than three years, but recently had issues with the landlord over their failure to pay rent for over a year.
The source said they suddenly heard noise from the house and found the landlord’s lip cut off while his cloth was socked with his own blood and a part of the lip was still on the suspect’s mouth.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria, Mr Ajayi narrated that he had met with the family a previous night to ask for the owed rent but the husband promised to see him the following day.
Ajayi who is a cobbler said “They owed me 18 months rent and I went to meet the husband when he arrived from work at around 8 o’clock at night.
The husband begged me to exercise patience that he would see me in the following morning.
I warned them to stop postponing payment because I have been asking them to pay till the rent piled up to eighteen months.
The eighteen months rent they owe me is # 28, 000 as well as electricity bill which is about #6 ,000.
On the following morning, the husband came to me, begging, which I insisted that they have to pay.
Later, I saw out my friends that visited me and as I was coming back, the wife attacked me. She hit me and tried to target my scrotum.
As I was trying to bend to save my scrotum, she bit my lips and cut it off. That was when I reported the case at Fanibi Police Station.” Ajayi narrated.
The landlord added that that was not the first time the suspect would attack neighbours whenever she had misunderstanding with them.
“Three years ago, she bit her step son and was arrested but it was later settled.
Last year, she also injured her co tenant, who was later taken to local orthopaedics for treatment.”
He explained that the case was now in a Magistrates Court in Akure and court would sit on the case this week.
A source said the magistrate had ordered that the woman be remanded pending the next hearing.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Command, Femi Joseph said he had not been fully briefed on the matter.
Mr Joseph however explained that once it had been established that the case is in court, the Police must have prosecuted the suspect.
Meanwhile, the Dental Section of the State Specialists Hospital Akure has recommended a plastic surgery for Paul Ajayi and a sum of Five Hundred Thousand naira would be needed to carry out the surgery on his lip.
He has therefore been referred to the Obafemi Awolowo University teaching hospital in Ile-Ife for the surgery.
In a referrer letter signed by Dr Olasehinde and addressed to the plastic surgery team of the OAU Teaching Hospital, states ‘Ajayi, age 63, Male suffered avulsion of the lower lip“ when his co-tenant bit him on his lip .”