EX-MINISTER ARRESTS FOUR STAFF, STRIPS THEM NAKED OVER ALLEGED THEFT OF N5, 000
A former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, arrested and charged four of his hotel workers to court for allegedly stealing his Five thousand naira (N5, 000), Eons Intelligence learnt.
The four staff, including three females and one male, were stripped naked and photographed inside the hotel before being handed over to the Police.
Gbagi, who is a governorship aspirant in the 2023 Delta election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday, September, 18 arrested the four staff working in his hotel, Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State, SaharaReporters said.
After dehumanizing the four staff, they were taken to the Ebrumede Police Station to be remanded in custody.
Confirming the incident, a staff of the hotel told SaharaReporters that four of his co-workers were arrested and dehumanized by Kenneth Gbagi over alleged theft of N5, 000.
According to the staff, the said amount was given to the victims by a guest because of their appealing and accomodating behaviour.
He 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."
Documents tendered showed the names of the victims are: Gloria Oguzie, 30, Victor Ephraim, 27, Rosslyn Okiemute, 26, and Achibong Precious, 25. "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," the source told Sahara Reporters.
"We learnt that the dehumanizing 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 arraigned before a magistrate court sitting in Effurun, Delta State after spending four days in police custody.
In a five-count charge, the police accused the suspects of conspiring 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.
Following the intervention of some anti-corruption and human rights activists, the indicted staff were granted bail on Monday, September, 21.
Omemiroro Maxwell Ogedegbe, a Warri-based human rights lawyer, who confirmed the incident, said that the four staff were granted bail by a magistrate court sitting in Effurun, Delta State.
Eons Intelligence's efforts proved abortive, as non of the phone numbers on the official website of the hotel went through.
Gbagi is also known to be a criminologist, entrepreneur, lawyer, and philanthropist