Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Alleged Torture: Court Delivers Judgment Against Gbagi, Fined N1m


Justice Vera Agbodje of a Delta State High Court has awarded the sum of N1 million against Kenneth Gbagi and his Signatious  Hotel  in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, in a suit by one Mr Victor Ephraim.

The claimant, Ephraim had alleged  through his counsel, Mr. Kunle Edun, that on September 17 and 18,  2020,  he was dehumanized and tortured by security aides of Gbagi under his instruction, adding that he and three other female  staff of the hotel, were then accused of diverting money paid by a guest.

He said his ATM card and that of others were allegedly forcibly taken and their personal money allegedly transferred to the hotel’s accounts during their  ordeal.

Justice  Agbodje in the judgment  dismissed the arguments of Gbagi as false, unbelievable and concocted and then awarded N1 million in favour of the claimant, Ephraim.

Meantime, Gbagi, who is the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the state said  he had appealed against the judgment.

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