By EGUFE YAFUGBORHI & AKPOKONA OMAFUAIRE
WARRI — Chief Executive Officer, Kayriott Hotels and Suites, Effurun, Delta State, Mr Efe Afe, has petitioned the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Rear Admiral Usman Jibril, over Thursday’s alleged damage and assault on the hotel, following alleged naval incursion after a brush between a naval officer and staff at the hotel.
Activist, Mr Oghenejabor Ikimi, who confirmed the petition in Warri, yesterday, said the proprietor had instructed him to probe the public disturbance during which a waitress and a mobile police guard were injured.
Ikimi, Coordinator of the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, said: “One Navy Lt Akalezie Uche, attached to the Nigerian Navy, NNS Delta, in Warri, Delta State, in company of a female friend and another young man, visited the hotel and were attended to at the pool bar by a waitress, Rachael Usen.
“The waitress at the end of stay of the trio demanded payment of N8,500 from them for the food, drinks and ice cream which the said Lieutenant Izokpu and his friends had ordered and consumed, but Izokpu claimed that he had already paid, to the consternation of the waitress, who insisted that she had not been paid a dime.”
The petitioner noted that following a brush with the mobile police guard at the hotel, who tried apprehending the trio for non settlement of their bill, Lt. Akalezie allegedly alerted colleagues from the NNS Delta, who stormed the hotel.
“In the melee that ensued, workers, lodgers and customers, including Efe Afe, former Delta Assembly member, were severely beaten up and the hotel automatic sliding door worth over N10 million, was shot at and damaged by the ravaging Naval Ratings, who in the process lined the hotel walls with bullet holes on the orders of Navy Lt Izokpu.”
Police Sgt Samson Ofoyeju, said to have been beaten up in the process on the alarm raised by Lt Akalezie, is presently receiving treatment in Bayelsa State, where he proceeded to so as to be closer to his family, after two days at the emergency ward of the Central Hospital, Warri.
Calling for the immediate probe of the situation, the petitioner said: “The conduct of Navy Lieutenant Izokpu is no doubt condemnable and unbecoming of a Naval Officer and as such, we call on the Chief of Naval Staff, for a comprehensive investigation into this matter with a view to bringing Navy Lieutenant Izokpu and his cohorts including the nine Naval Ratings to book.”