Authorities in Abia State have sèaled off Merry Home Hotels over the mystęrious deåths and d!sappearance of some of lodgers.
Also, there are reports of the mysterious deaths of visitors to its swimming pool.
While the body of a yet-to-be-identified lady was recovęred from the fac!lity, several others reportedly went m!ssing with no news of their whereabouts.
Dr Eze Chikamnayo, the Commissioner of Information in Abia, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday in Umuahia, the state capital.
He explained that the government’s action became necessary in view of repeated reports of deåth and disāppearance of clients under quest!onable circumstances within the premises of the hotel located within the 7UP axis of Ogbor Hill in Aba.
The commissioner stated that the most recent such case was the deäth of a lady who came in with two young men and a baby in the afternoon on April 15, as confirmed by the CCTV footage in the hotel.
He added that the men left with the baby hours later without the lady, only for the hotel management to bręak into the room at midnight to find the lady dēad with her body d!smembered.
Chikamnayo revealed that the government was in receipt of repôrts suggesting similar incidents within the hotel, especially at the swimming pool area.
He stressed that no responsible government would fold its arms and watch crim!nal hotspôts remain while the Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration would not allow such an environment to thrive.
The commissioner confirmed that everyone suspec’ted to be involved in the April 15 incident has been arrêsted by the police while the hotel would remain seáled in the meantime.
According to him, Abia is a no-go area for
r!tualists and mûrderers and the government has zero tolerance for any form of cr!minality.
Chikamnayo warñed that any hotel in the state that offers itself for such practice would automatically be sëaled and the culpr!ts would be brought to justice.
He also advised parents to monitor their children’s movement properly to ensure they do not fall vict!m to r!tualists and other
cr!minal minded individuals.
Police authorities in the state have also confirmed the dėath of the lady, saying efforts were ongoing to arręst and bring her k!llers to justice.
Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Police Public Relations Officer in Abia, said the body of the yet-to-be-identified lady has since been depos!ted at a morgue.
The State Crim!nal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), according to him, is handling the case and residents are advised to support the police with useful information regarding the incident.