Female workers stripped naked on ex-minister’s order demand N1bn, apology

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FOUR former employees of Signatious Hotel, Warri, , who were reportedly stripped order of of hotel and former Minister of for , Mr Kenneth Gbagi, have demanded N1bn compensation and public him.

victims’ legal team, led by Mr Kunle Edun of Tri-Lex law firm, made demands, among a September 23, 2020 letter sent to Gbagi, who is also a , Wednesday.

letter titled, ‘Trial by ordeal, torture, stripping naked and bestial conduct of Signatious Hotel and yourself 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 his departure August 20, 2020.

The letter read part, “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 neither 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.”

The letter added that on September 17, 2020, Gbagi allegedly forcibly took the victims, one of whom a married woman to the hotel warehouse in the presence and assistance of the armed mobile and at gunpoint ordered them “to pull off their clothes”.


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

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