Concert promoter and Chief Executive Officer of Upfront and Personal Global Management, Paul Okoye, has been accused by the management of the 1004 Homeowners and Residents Association, Victoria Island, Lagos, of bypassing the electricity meter connected to his home and vandalising the apartment of the acting chairperson of the association, Lara Ademola.
According to a statement by the estate management, Okoye threatened to vandalise as many facilities as possible in the estate. The statement read in part, “Mr Paul Okoye’s apartment had been previously disconnected and flagged for having no vending history since 2017 despite visibly having power, and being occupied.
He was manually disconnected and he came to the (estate) office the next day, threatening to cause a breakdown of law and order. He instructed that the apartment be inspected and it was discovered that there was a bypass.
This was recorded on video. The meter was reconnected and bypass removed, pending when the bypass penalty is sorted out. Mr Okoye thereafter promised to pay whatever penalty had been imposed but pleaded that we reconnect him that night because of his guests.
He was subsequently given the bill but he rejected it, claiming the bypass was done by a technician. All efforts to get him to stick to his terms of reconnection proved abortive as he claimed he couldn’t pay since he wasn’t resident in the apartment.
He subsequently threatened to get a sledgehammer and break as many facilities as he could, particularly promising to proceed to the acting chairperson’s apartment to break down her door. (Punch)