Dehumanising treatment: Police declare ex-minister, Kenneth Gbagi, wanted

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The Delta State Police Command has declared former Minister of Education (State), Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi wanted.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had earlier ordered his arrest for alleged molestation of his hotel staff members in Warri, Delta State.

The eex-minister had come under sustained  attacks a few days ago when video clips and photos of naked ladies and a young man believed to be staffers of his Signatious Hotel went viral.

The outrage on social media has reportedly  made the IGP to order  the immediate arrest of the former minister, who is also a 2023 guber hopeful in Delta State.

Gbagi had claimed that last he had yet to receive or be aware of a warrant of arrest issued on him by the Police on the incident.

According to him, “There’s no invitation to me from the Police. I will honour the Police invitation if am invited.”

“The Police had invited people who are higher than me, even presidents. Who am I? I will honour the Police invitation,” Gbagi was quoted to have said at a press conference on Saturday.

The Delta State Police Command in a press release issued and signed by its spokesman, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya said Gbagi had called on Friday (September 25) and pleaded that he be allowed to respond to the invitation on Monday (September 28) due to urgent family matters.
As of the time of the Wednesday (September 30) deadline, Gbagi had yet to honour the invitation, prompting  the Delta Police Command to declare him wanted.
See below full text of the Police release:
THE DELTA STATE POLICE COMMAND DECLARE OLOROGUN KENNETH GBAGI WANTED

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 dehumanizing manner in which he ordered some of his staffs to be stripped naked and physically assaulted because of an alleged case of stealing which took place at Signatious Hotel belonging to him.

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.

On Monday September, 28th 2020, Kenneth Gbagi called the Commissioner of Police to say that he has a court case to attend to, promising to report at the Police Headquarters in Asaba by 3:00pm; again he was equally obliged. On the same date, the Commissioner of Police had to call him at about 5:00pm before the same Kenneth Gbagi said he was on his way to the State HQ Asaba. Sadly and unfortunately Kenneth Gbagi still failed to report instead he went into the public space to disparage, blackmail and maligned the person of the Commissioner of Police and the Nigeria Police Force, Delta State Command for insisting on investigating him.

Having failed to honour his promises, DELTA STATE POLICE COMMAND is left with no option than to DECLARE OLOROGUN KENNETH GBAGI WANTED.

Therefore members of the public with useful information as to his whereabouts are advised to go to the nearest Police Station to report for his immediate arrest and handing him over to the Command for thorough investigation/prosecution.

DSP ONOME ONOVWAKPOYEYA

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

DELTA STATE COMMAND

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