A middle aged man, Waleed Oyatunde, native of Abeokuta, Ogun State, is presently recuperating from a gun shot wound after he was shot by his landlord over alleged love affair between him and the landlord’s wife.
The victim is said to be one of the many tenants of the landlord at Ketu Adie Owe area of Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
He was reported to have moved into Mr. Latunji’s house about three years ago after he completed his youth service and got employment with an Agbara, Ogun State-based multinational company.
Sources disclosed that since Ireti, Latunde’s wife runs a canteen in Agbara, where Oyatunde works, the bachelor, always gave the landlord’s wife a ride in his car every morning.
Although he was doing this with the blessing and approval of the landlord, Latunji never knew that his wife and the tenant were already involved in amorous relationship.
Ireti is said to have been married to the landlord for six years but is yet to be blessed with the fruit of the womb.
However, trouble started in the Latunji family sometime in April, 2013 when it was reported that Oyatunde and Mrs. Latunji were dating. When news of the amorous relationship with his wife got to Mr. Latunji, he confronted his tenant with the rumour. According to neighbours, when Mr. Latunji confronted Oyatunde with the allegation that he was dating his wife, the matter almost degenerated into an exchange of fisticuffs between the landlord and his tenant until some elders in the area intervened.
From that day, it was gathered that the free ride stopped, even though the wife kept denying the allegations, to the extent of reporting the mater to her in-laws, who prevailed on her husband to put the allegations behind him.
The rumour never sieved, as the bachelor was always reportedly seen with his landlord’s wife at some hotels in parts of Lagos State, especially on weekends, but they were not so lucky on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
According to sources, Mrs. Latunji had informed her husband that she would be traveling with her friend to Ekiti State for a burial ceremony, adding that a day before that fateful Saturday, Mr. Latunji had reportedly called his wife’s friend to confirm their purported movement to Ekiti, which the woman confirmed. But it later turned out that the Ekiti trip was a hoax after all.
“The landlord’s wife left home early on Saturday morning for the purported weekend trip. Her suspicious husband hired three hoodlums to trail her movement. The three hoodlums rode on two motorcycles behind the bus the woman boarded from Lusada junction to Agbara.
“The woman also boarded another bus from Agbara to Mile 2 area of Lagos State and the ‘spies’ still rode behind the bus the woman boarded.
“Eventually, Mrs. Latunji found her way to a hotel in Surulere area in the heart of Lagos State. Mr. Oyetunde’s car was also found in the parking lot of the hotel. The hired ‘spies’ promptly informed their client on telephone of the development”, the sources added.
Burning with rage, Latunji left home and headed for the hotel in Lagos, and on getting to the hotel, he told the receptionist he was on appointment with owner of the Hyundai car parked at the lot.
A worker at the hotel told Saturday Mirror that, “When the man came that Saturday morning, he approached the boys at the reception that he wanted to see the owner of the car whose plate number he wrote for them.
“When asked to call him on his mobile phone, the man claimed that the visitor’s mobile phone was switched off. So, the boys felt that he was a genuine visitor and one of them chose to take him to the room where the visitor lodged.
“When the boy knocked on the door, the visitor came to open the door. And when he did, he was shocked to see his landlord standing right in front of the door.
“The landlord’s wife was on the bed sleeping. That was when trouble started. Mr. Latunji forced his way into the room and aimed a stool at his wife.
”But Oyatunde and the hotel attendant prevented Mr. Latunji from hitting his wife with the stool. The noise from the room soon attracted other workers of the hotel to the scene. After much persuasion, Mr. Latunji was whisked out of the hotel and he left for his house. Both Oyatunde and Ireti hurriedly left the hotel”.
It was further gathered that the woman has not shown her face back home since then.
Oyatunde met his bad day on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 when he had gone to his apartment apparently to move his belongings out of the house.
“That was the opportunity Latunji had been waiting for. Once Oyatunde opened the door to his apartment and started packing his property, Latunji burst into the apartment and engaged Oyatunde in a fight.
”The brawling men were soon separated by neighbours, only for Latunji to rush into his apartment and emerge moments later with a loaded gun. He aimed at Oyatunde’s thigh and pulled the trigger”, the source further stated.
“The landlord could have killed the man. But we thank God that did not happen,” the neighbour”, said, adding that Oyatunde was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
The landlord has since fled his house with a 10-year-old son he had from another relationship.