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Workers stripped naked by ex-minister



Former minister of state for Education and chairman of Hotel, Mr Kenneth Gbagi, has stripped four of his former employees of signatious Hotel in Warri Delta State. Mr kenneth have demanded the sum of N1bn for compensation and apology from the public to him.

Mr Kunle Edun of Tri-Lex partners law firm who is also a lawyer, led the victims’ legal team and  made demands among others in a letter sent to Gbayi on Wednesday.

In the letter titled, ‘Trial by ordeal, torture, stripping naked and bestial conduct of Signatious Hotel and yourself in an organised show of shame and animalism: Notice of intention to seek full legal redress’.

Edun stated that their clients, Mr Victor Ephraim, Gloria Oguzie, Mrs. Precious Achibong, Roselyn Okiemute Diaghwarhe, because of the tips a guest who lodged at the hotel for four days gave to them on his departure on August 20, 2020.

Mr Kunle stated that the clients, Roselyn Okiemute Diaghwarhe, Mr Victor Ephraim, Gloria Oguzie, Mrs. Precious Achibong, because tips were given to them by a guest who spent four days in the hotel gave to them, on his departure on August 20, 2020.

Part of the letter read, “That after the guest’s stay, he gave our clients the sum of N105, 000 as tips for the good time that he had at the hotel.

“This again, is not unusual in the hospitality business. That the hotel did not lose any money neither was any alleged to have been stolen.

“You told our clients menacingly that they are not entitled to tips, as all tips belong to you. As a matter of fact, you categorically stated that they were not supposed to have monies in their accounts as long as they were working for you.”

It was added in the letter that Mr Gbagi allegedly took the victims forcefully, one who was a married woman to the warehouse of the hotel in the presence and with the assistance of the armed policemen point guns at them, ordered them
mobile policemen and at gunpoint ordered them “to pull off their clothes”.

It was stated in the letter that “the threatening presence of the armed policemen who willingly did your bidding, you directed your son of 15 years old (a minor) Master Egba Gbagi, to film and take photos of our clients’ nakedness” and then “summoned the other staff of the hotel to see the nakedness of our clients”.

The ex-minister was given five days to among others, pay their clients N1bn “as modest damages and compensation for the unmitigated actions of yours.” says the lawyers.

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