Idris Abdul-Kareem, the ‘Nigeria jaga jaga’ singer was last week arrested by the police in Lagos for alleged assault on his landlord, The Nation learnt on Sunday.
Abdul-Kareem was arrested by detectives attached to the Area F Command in Ikeja after the landlord Oladipo Abimbola filed a complaint against him.
It was gathered trouble started after the landlord accused the singer of fraud, harassment and intimidation following the singer’s alleged refusal to pay his electricity bill.
Sources said on January 3, Abimbola directed officials of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution (IE) to disconnect Abdul-Kareem’s light after his alleged unpaid bills accumulated to N535,000 at Valley View Estate, Ikeja.
Angered by the development, the singer, according to the landlord, forced his way into his compound and made to beat, strangle him.
Abimbola said he never knew the apartment was being rented by the singer as it was his wife who came for the accommodation.
Appealing to the police to come to his aid, Abimbola alleged that Abdul-Kareem was an antisocial and a dangerous person, adding that such people stop at nothing to carry out their threat.
He claimed that the singer constantly owed him rent.
But Abdul-Kareem denied attempting to assault the man, saying he only earned him.
The singer said he warned his landlord because the man sexually harassed his wife in his absence and had refused to respect their privacy.
He said Abimbola frequently encroached on their side of the compound without permission, adding that the man had previously been arrested for alleged sexual harassment of another female tenant. (The Nation)