The Delta State Police Command has declared a former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, wanted over the alleged assault of some workers at his Signatious Hotel.
Gbagi, who is the chairman of the hotel, had allegedly ordered that four of his workers – three women and a man – be stripped naked while their nudes were filmed and the snapshots sent online.
The victims had subsequently demanded N1bn compensation and public apology from him for the act.
The state police command said the declaration was important as it had summoned the former minister over the allegations but he refused to surrender himself upon invitation.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Delta State Police Command Declare Kenneth Agbagi Wanted’ signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, and made available to our correspondent on Wednesday in Asaba, the state capital.
The statement read in part, “Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi was invited by the Commissioner of Police through the Area Commander Warri and DPO Ebrumede Division on September 25th, 2020 for questioning concerning the alleged dehumanising manner in which he ordered some of his staff be stripped naked and physically assaulted.
“Kenneth Gbagi personally and severally called and gave the excuse that he has a burial ceremony of his elder sister on Friday 25/9/2020 in which he is a key player, and asked for time to finish with the ceremony on Sunday, thereafter will report at the State Headquarters on Monday, September 28, 2020. These requests were granted on humanitarian ground.