Abia State Government Shuts Down Hotel Over Mysterious Deaths

By Damilare Adeleye

A hotel located around 7up axis of Ogbor Hil, in Aba, the Abia state capital, has been sealed off by the state government following a series of reported criminal activities allegedly taking place in the hotel premises.

The state Commissioner for Information, Dr Eze Chikamnayo, who partook in the exercise, noted that the seal off was carried out following “repeated reports to security agencies about a series of deaths under questionable circumstances within the premises of the hotel”.

Chikamnayo revealed that the recent one is the death involving a young lady who came in with two young boys and a baby in the afternoon and as confirmed by the CCTV, the boys left with the baby in the evening without the lady only for the hotel management to break into the room around midnight and found the lady dead with her body dismembered.

He added that reports available to the state government stated clearly that there have been other incidents of death that have taken place in the hotel, especially around the swimming pool.

During the exercise, the commissioner reaffirmed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration of the State would continue to get rid of all development that will pose a threat to the lives of Abians and its residents as the government remains committed to prioritise citizens' security and welfarism.

He also stressed that no responsible government would fold its arms and watch such a hotspot of crime crop up.

The commissioner also revealed that everyone suspected to be involved in the incident had been arrested as the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for investigation while the hotel will remain sealed pending the time of the outcome of the investigation.

He also lamented at the presence of over 80 teenagers who were in compromising conditions in the hotel, indulging in anti-social and criminal activities, while urging parents to take full monitoring of their children’s movements.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe, the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Sopuruchi Bekee, and other security chiefs were also part of the exercise.