Delta State High Court sitting in Warri has awarded a N1million fine against Chief Kenneth Gbagi, Delta SDP governorship candidate and his hotel, Signatious Hotel and Suites Limited for alleged harassment, unlawful detention and torture of his former staff.
In suit No. EHC/FHR/80/2020 filed by the Claimant’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Edun on behalf of the Claimant, Mr Victor Ephraim, they alleged that on the 17th and 18th of September, 2020 Chief Kenneth Gbagi used the armed mobile policemen attached to him to forcibly stripped him naked, dumped him in the booth of his car and drove from the hotel to his country home, about one-hour drive.
Mr Ephraim had approached the court to seek redress for an alleged bridge of his fundamental human right alongside three other colleagues.
According to him, while under the unlawful custody of Chief Kenneth Gbagi he was tortured and dehumanized alongside three other female staff of the hotel, who were also stripped naked and paraded publicly on the allegation that they failed to remit money paid by a hotel guest. Mr Ephraim stated also that Chief Kenneth Gbagi collected their ATM cards and transferred all the money in their bank accounts to the hotel’s account.
In its Judgment, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Vera Agbodje held that the story presented by Chief Kenneth Gbagi was false, concocted and not believable. The Court found as a fact that Chief Kenneth Gbagi took laws into his own hands by torturing his ex-staff.
The Court finally awarded the sum of N1, 000,000.00 against Chief Kenneth Gbagi and his hotel in favour of Mr Victor Ephraim.
Recall that earlier the Delta State #EndSARS Panel had awarded the sum of N15m each in favour of Mr Victor Ephraim and the other female ex-staff of Signatious Hotel for the violations of their fundamental rights by armed policemen attached to Chief Kenneth Gbagi.
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