“God will punish me if I was involved” – Former Delta Minister denies stripping staff naked

Former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi has again denied being involved in stripping four staff of his hotel over a tip that was reportedly given to them. 

Pageone recall that Gbagi who is the owner of Signatious Hotel in Warri, Delta State made the headlines some days ago after he was accused of stripping four of his hotel staff naked and arresting them because they were given a tip by a satisfied customer. 

The four staff of the hotel were identified as Gloria Oguzie, Victor Ephraim, Rosslyn Okiemute and Achibong Precious.

Commenting on the allegations at a press conference held at his hometown Oginibo, Ughelli South local givers area of Delta state, Gbagi stated that the said staff were not employees of his hotel but “freelancers”, adding that there are records to back this up.

Gbagi further alleged that his political detractors are however using the allegations to truncate his plans to contest for the 2023 gubernatorial race in the state. 

Gbagi said;

“There was nothing as you have read, that happened. The people you saw in those pictures are not staff of my hotel. Legally, documentarily, they are not staff of the hotel. They are freelancers.

“Were you to do a forensic analysis of the video for my body on those pictures, and you find me there, I will resign from politics.

“I invited the Police from Ebrumede to take them. I will never descend to do such (strip people naked). It was politically motivated. I will not strip anybody’s daughter naked or strip any person.

“This, to me, is just a distraction. I am resolute, I am contesting in 2023. Let God punish me if I touched any of the girls or was involved in their stripping. I am prepared. I know what they are planning.”

The former Minister also revealed that he is yet to receive an invitation from the police force over the incident, added that he “will graciously attend any invitation of the Nigerian Police.”