CRIME

Former Minister of Education Arrests Hotel Staff, Strips them Naked for Stealing N5, 000

A former Minister of Education, Kenneth Gbagi who hails from Delta State has had some four persons who work at his hotel for stealing N5, 000.

Gbagi who has also been rumoured to be interested in the Delta State governorship position come 2023, on Friday had the four staff working in Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State, arrested after they were striped naked and photographed inside the hotel before handing them over to the police.

Ex-Minister Kenneth Gbagi.

The four staff, one man and three women, it was gathered, were taken to Ebrumede Police Station for further interrogation.

Another staff of the hotel who spoke with newsmen under condition of anonymity said: “My boss, former Minister of State for Education and owner of Signatious Hotel, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, arrested four of my colleagues working for him over the stealing of N5,000 from the hotel when actually the N5,000 was given as a gift to them by a guest because of their good behaviour.”

While giving the names of the arrested colleagues as Gloria Oguzie, Victor Ephraim, Rosslyn Okiemute and Achibong Precious, the source said, “Before they were arrested by the police on Friday last week at the hotel, the four staff were stripped naked while they were photographed in the presence of the police. We learnt that the dehumanising treatment was instructed by our boss.”

It was further gathered that the hotel management forcefully made some withdrawals from the bank accounts of the four staff through their ATM cards before the police took them away in a waiting van.

The four staff were charged before a magistrate court sitting in Effurun after four days of detention.

The Charges against the Staff.

In a five-count charge, the police accused the suspects of conniving among themselves to steal monies ranging from N156,000, N110,000, N5,000 and N2,000 owned by Signatious Hotel and committed an offence punishable under section 516 and 390 (9), of the criminal code Law Cap21C Vol.1 Law of Delta State.

Mr. Omemiroro Maxwell Ogedegbe, a human rights lawyer residing in Warri, who confirmed the incident, said that the four staff were granted bail by a magistrate court sitting in Effurun, Delta State.

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