Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Youths protest killing of 22-year-old Protea Hotel worker in Benin


No fewer than 100 angry residents of Second Freedom Street, off Stadium Road, on Monday stormed the premises of Protea Hotel in Benin, Edo State, to protest against the killing of a 22-year-old man, Chibuike Edeh, a housekeeping employee of the hotel.

The protesters, who were dressed in black, with placards and photos of the slain man, barricaded the entrance to the hotel and prevented its staff and customers from either gaining access or leaving the premises.
One of the photos showed that the deceased suffered a deep cut in his left jaw.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the 22-year-old from the Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, had been arrested by the police and taken to the Adesuwa Police Station after he was accused by the management of the hotel of stealing N42,000 from one of the rooms.
But some of the youths said the late Chibuike was unjustly killed, as he was known for his honesty.
The brother of the deceased, Chibuzo, said the family was informed of his arrest and told to provide the stolen money and an undisclosed amount for his bail.
Chibuzo added that later, his brother could not be found either at the hotel or the police station.
He told our correspondent that the family was shocked when it discovered the man’s corpse at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Ugbowo.
“We were on this (hotel) premises when a man called that we should meet him at UBTH. When we got there, we were shocked to discover that my brother was dead.
“The policemen and the CSO of this hotel killed my brother. My brother has been working for close to three years and the so called CSO claimed that he (deceased) was not capable of stealing. We are appealing to the state government to help us in this matter.”
The mother of the victim, Christiana, said her son had earlier expressed fear when she visited him at the police station.
Some minutes past 9pm on Friday, my son called me on the telephone and told me that he had a problem at his place of work. I became worried because he used to close from work around 4pm daily. So, I told him that I would come and see him the next day.
“The next day, I went to the hotel with my other children. When we got there, the people said he had been taken to the police station.
“When we got to the station, my son told me that he might not leave the station alive,” she said.
Efforts to reach the management of the hotel were unsuccessful.
But the Edo State Police Command denied complicity in the death of the boy, adding that he died as a result of injuries sustained after he was knocked down by Toyota Camry, while trying to escape.
The command’s spokesperson, Joseph Edoighiawerei, toldPUNCH Metro that the deceased had confessed to the alleged crime.
Edoigiawerie, who said the alleged theft was captured by a security camera in the hotel, however, declined giving the identities of the vehicle and the driver, adding that investigation was ongoing.
He said, “A case of stealing was reported by the management of the Protea Hotel, where the deceased was working, and he was arrested by Adesuwa Police Station. While there, he made a confessional statement, admitting stealing the money. The theft was even captured by Protea’s CCTV camera.
“He also told the police that the money was still intact. The IPO and the CSO of the Protea Hotel went with him to recover the money and on getting to the hotel, he took to his heels.
“In the process, he was knocked down by a Toyota Camry, and as I am talking to you, the car and the driver, who knocked him down, are with the police.”
On how the corpse of the deceased was found at UBTH, he said, “The investigation will prove other things that may arise. Investigation is not done on the pages of newspapers or on the television.
“Anybody that has any information that will help in unravelling the mystery surrounding the whole issue should come forward.”

Source: Punch 

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  1. Awwww this is sad, only God knows the truth

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