An FCT High Court sitting in Maitama on Friday ordered a tenant, Abdurrahim Abdul, to pay his landlord, Ama Real Estate Limited, in Katampe, Abuja, N3.5 million as unpaid rent and outstanding balance.
Justice Jude Okeke in a ruling said the plaintiff had provided enough evidence to justify the grounds of reliefs sought.
The judge said: “Having carefully examined the reliefs sought by the plaintiff, the cardinal issue is whether the plaintiff has made out a case to justify the grounds of the reliefs sought.
“There is no evidence before the court that the defendant paid the rent of 2016 to 2017 and the service charge.
“In the forgoing, it is apparent that the defendant is indebted to the plaintiff in the sum of N2.6 million and N650, 000, being the unpaid rent and service charge for the said premise.
“This being the case, the defendant is ordered to pay forthwith to the plaintiff a sum of N950,000 being outstanding balance for the tenancy period of 2014 to 2015 and a sum of N2.6 million being unpaid rent for the tenancy period of 2016 to 2017.”
Justice Okeke said from the records of the court the plaintiff was the owner of the said property and entered into tenancy agreement with the defendant on October 2014.
According to him, the agreement started in October 2014 to September 2015 for N2.6 million unreserved rent.
He said a certain fee known as service charge which varies from year to year was also discussed and agreed upon by the parties.