Kenneth Gbagi, a Community Chief, lawyer, businessman, Owner of the Popular Robinson Plaza, Warri, CEO, Golden Tulip Hotels/Signature Hotel and others.
One time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Father to Chief Emuobo Gbagi, the Special Adviser Delta State Governor, Youth Development.
He is an ex-Minister of State for Education, has arrested and charged four of his staff working in his hotel to court for allegedly stealing his N5,000.
According to a report by SR, Kenneth Gbagi, who is currently nursing a governorship ambition in Delta State in 2023 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, 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.
Allegedly stripped, molested and arrested four staff of his Hotel (Signature Hotel), in Warri, on accusation that they stole money from his hotel.
Meanwhile, the Staff claim, with evidence, that the sum was given as a “gift” to the four of them as tip for their hospitality, by a guest, on the 8th of September.
As at Friday the 18th day of September, 2020 at the hotel he stripped them ( 3girls and a boy), naked, asked his 15 years old son to film, as he watched and also made a video of them as the mobile Policemen attached to him, pointed gun at them, threatening to shoot should they disobey the order.
He further collected their ATM cards and withdrew money from their personal accounts, locked them in a room at the hotel before inviting police officers from Ebrumede Police Station to detain them since Friday, 18th September, denying them bail until they were charged to the Effurun Magistrate Court today, Monday, on trumped up charges.
This same man is alleged not to pay his workers salaries for several months, despite having the resources to do so, yet, does such evil to these young ladies and guy.
The families of the victim are calling on all Nigerians, the Inspector General of Police, Human Rights Organizations, Government of Delta State and the Presidency, to come to their aid as he has vowed to further humiliate and make both their lives and that of their families miserable.
This is not the first time Chief Kenneth Gbagi is doing such evil to his workers and poor people in the society. He has to be stopped.
Report gathered that after dehumanizing the four staff, a male and three females, they were taken to the Ebrumede Police Station to be remanded in custody.
Speaking in confidence with newsmen, a staff of the hotel revealed that his colleagues were arrested by the former minister over the alleged theft of the said amount.
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.”
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.
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.
The four staff, it was learnt, were granted bail on Monday through the intervention of some anti-corruption and human rights activists, who decided to take up the matter.
Warri-based human rights lawyer, Omemiroro Maxwell Ogedegbe, who confirmed the story, said that the four staff were granted bail by a magistrate court sitting in Effurun, Delta State.