By Megito Audu
The Chairman of Signatious Hotel, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi has described the news making rounds on staff molestation as the handiwork of his political detractors.
In a statement signed by Egba Ederoghene on behalf of the management of Signatious Hotel, Gbagi stated that at no time did he subject any staff of the hotel to such humiliation as he is presently bereaved and occupied with preparing for the funeral of his sister who passed away recently.
The statement noted further that the staff in the pictures in circulation are part of a malicious conspiracy by some political detractors to bring Gbagi’s character to disrepute.
“This wouldn’t be the first time an attempt has been made to smear the character of our Chairman for whatever reason. In the absence of any dirt to nail Gbagi’s pristine reputation, they have descended to mudslinging by concocting fictitious stories to stir emotions and gain public attention,” the statement reads.
However, the statement revealed that those behind the recent blackmail against Gbagi were already under investigation by management for conniving to steal huge sums of money from the hotel, some of which have been recovered.
“Confessional statements to this effect can be obtained from the Ebrumede Police Station.
“We also understand that a disclaimer has been issued by one Barrister Gladys, who tendered an unreserved apology for being misled by a group of Warri Lawyers used by those behind the blackmail attempt. The lawyer in particular we were informed, retraced her steps when she discovered that the group was being used to malign the character of Olorogun Gbagi so as to serve the political interest of their paymasters. The management, therefore, calls on the public to disregard such cheap blackmail orchestrated by these desperate detractors deployed to work against Kenneth Gbagi’s governorship ambition.While restating our commitment towards ensuring the highest ethical standards in the hospitality industry in Nigeria and, making it a priority to guarantee the welfare of employees engaged by our organization,” the statement concluded.