News: Ex-Nigerian Minister, Kenneth Gbagi Arrests Hotel Staff, Strip Them Naked For Allegedly Stealing N5,000

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A former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, who is currently nursing a governorship ambition in Delta State in 2023 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, has arrested and charged four of his staff working in his hotel to court for allegedly stealing his N5,000.

It was reliably gathered that Gbagi last week Friday arrested the four staff working in Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State, after they were striped naked and photographed inside the hotel before handing them over to the police.

After stripping the four staff off their clothes, which includes a male and three females, they were taken to the Ebrumede Police Station and held in custody.

A staff of the hotel revealed that his colleagues were arrested by the former minister over the alleged theft of the said amount.

The staff continued, “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.”

The staff gave 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.

He concluded, “We learnt that the dehumanising treatment was instructed by our boss.”

Probably, due to said criminal acts carried out by the four staff, the hotel management forcefully made some withdrawals from the bank accounts of the four staff through their ATM cards before the police officers took them away in a waiting van.

We gathered that the four staff were charged before a magistrate court sitting in Effurun after four straight days of detention.

In a five-count charge, the police accused the suspects of conniving with each other 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.

We further gathered, that the four staff were granted bail on Monday through the intervention of some anti-corruption and human rights activists, who decided to take the matter up.