The State Government has sealed off Merry-home Hotels limited located around 7Up axis of Ogbor Hill Aba, following alleged criminal activities taking place in the premises.
Briefing newsmen in Aba after the exercise, the Commissioner for information, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo said the seal-off is in view of repeated reports received by Security Agencies about series of death under questionable circumstances within the premises of the hotel.
According to Dr. Chikamnayo, the recent is the death of 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.
The Information Commissioner revealed that reports available to the state government have shown that there were other incidents of death in the hotel especially around the swimming pool.
He re-emphasized the determination of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu led administration to stamp out all development that will pose a threat to the lives of Abians and its residents, stressing that no responsible government will fold its arms and watch such hotspot of crime crop up.
Dr. Chikamnayo however disclosed that everyone suspected to be involved has been arrested as the case has been transferred to the state CID for investigation, while the hotel will remain sealed pending the time of the exercise.
He warned that Abia State is a no go area for ritual killings and dismemberment of people’s body for any purpose and has zero tolerance to any form of incubation and growth of criminality, pointing out that any hotel in the state that offers itself for such practice will automatically be sealed and culprits brought to book.
He frowned at the presence of over eighty teenagers who were in very uncompromising situation, indulging in anti-social and criminal activities and advised parents to ensure full monitoring of their children’s movements, pointing out that the welfare of the citizens remain the priority of the State Governor, who since his assumption of office in 2015 has proved that security remains the bedrock of development in the state.
Our Aba Zonal Correspondent, Chinyere Francis Anyaogu, reports that the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe, the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr. Sopuruchi Bekee and other Security Chiefs were part of the exercise.