The Delta State Police Command has declared former Minister of Education (State), Mr. Kenneth Gbagi wanted.
According to the Command, Gbagi was declared wanted having failed to honour an invitation for questioning by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya said the invitation was issued through the Area Commander Warri and DPO Ebrumede Division on September 25th.
The ex-minister has been in the middle of the storm following the viral video clips and photos of naked ladies and a young man believed to be stafg of his Signatious Hotel.
It was alleged that the minister stripped the workers naked for stealing money belonging to the hotel, an allegation which the minister has consistently denied.
The outrage on social media over the incident made the IGP to order the immediate arrest of the former minister who is also a 2023 guber aspirant in Delta State.
Below is the full text of the police statement
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.
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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