By Charles Nwabardi
A landlord, simply identified as Alabo, has allegedly attempted to kill his female tenant and her husband on Ekwulobia Street, Mile 3 axis of Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The female tenant, Comfort Nwagadi, who spoke to journalists from her hospital bed in Port Harcourt, said the landlord was after her life because she declined his amorous advances.
Nwagadi said she washed some clothes and spreaded them outside, but the landlord removed the clothes and threw them on the ground.
“I picked the clothes. He started abusing me that I kept a jobless man in the house and was feeding him. He tells me that every day.
“I told him it was none of his business. So, my husband came and asked him why he was always making such comments. He told the landlord to stop making a mockery of us and he walked away. In the evening when my oga (husband) came back, we were walking on the passage into the compound.
“We didn’t know he (landlord) had stood by his doorway with a machete. He started cutting my head and my hand with the machete.
“When my husband came to defend me, he also cut his hand with the machete,” the woman said.
She claimed that the landlord and his wife later fled the house after the matter was reported to the police.
Her husband, Stanley Nwagadi, called for the arrest and prosecution of the landlord.
He said, “I came to defend my wife, but before I knew it, the landlord started cutting my hand with a machete.
“Before people could come around to ask what the problem was, he had run out of the compound. Nobody knows where he is now.”
The state acting Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident, adding that cops were on the trail of the landlord.
“The perpetrator is on the run, but we will ensure he is arrested and made to face justice for the crime he committed,” Iringe-Koko stated.