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Stripped workers: I’m ready to honour police invitation, says ex-minister

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Former Minister of State for Education, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, is willing to honor police invitation over the alleged dehumanization of four employees of his Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State.

The female hotel workers were allegedly stripped naked, photographed, arrested, and arraigned before a Delta State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state over the alleged disappearance of money belonging to the hotel.

Gbagi told our correspondent on the phone on Sunday, “Any responsible person should be able to honor police invitation; anybody who does not honor police invitation is a criminal.

“The police will soon know who is sponsoring the whole incident.”

According to him, the police have yet to serve him with any formal invitation to enable him to state his own side.

“There’s no invitation to me from the police. I will honor the police invitation if I’m invited. The police have invited people, who are higher than me, even Presidents. Who am I? I will honor the police invitation,” he stated.

The social media was awash with reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had on Friday issued a warrant for the arrest of Gbagi over his alleged involvement in the incident after police personnel raided the hotel and arrested two staff members.

Gbagi, who is gunning for the governorship of the state in the next political dispensation, while addressing a press conference in his Oginibo country home in the Ughelli South Local Government Area on Saturday, claimed that he was busy attending to guests at the funeral of his elder sister, Mrs Doris Emareyor, and debunked the claim of his arrest by the police from Abuja.

He denied any involvement in the alleged stripping of the workers at his hotel, insisting that the whole episode was politically motivated by those he claimed were out to pull him down for parochial interests.

Gbagi also asserted that none of his children had a hand in the alleged act, which has been roundly condemned by members of the public, especially the human rights community.

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