Nnenna Onu Obini, also known as Nancy, was a staff member at Nwanyioma Hotel in Ebocha, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. She was allegedly tortured to death over the disappearance of N17,500 from her day’s sales. According to a source close to the deceased’s family, after completing her work on June 13, Nnenna submitted the day’s account report to the hotel management, but it was discovered that N17,500 was missing.
The hotel owner insisted that Nnenna must pay back the missing amount, which she did, as there is evidence of the payment. However, the hotel management reportedly locked her up in a room for three days and three nights without food or water. During this period, Nnenna pleaded for help, but her cries went unanswered. When the door was finally opened after three days, she was found on the floor, struggling to breathe. She was taken to a clinic but later died.
The hotel management reportedly sent an emissary to the deceased’s family for peace talks, offering monetary compensation. However, the family is seeking justice for their daughter’s inhumane treatment and death, rather than monetary compensation. A meeting was held between the family, the hotel management, and the Omoku Police Division, but an agreement could not be reached due to the family’s insistence on justice.
The source mentioned that Nnenna was taken to a clinic instead of a standard hospital, and the owner of the hotel is currently on the run. During the meeting, the hotel management reportedly admitted to the narratives that led to the death of their female staff member.
The source expressed concern that despite these events, Nwanyioma Hotel in Ebocha is still operating, raising questions about the value placed on money in society.
When contacted for confirmation and comments on the police’s actions to secure justice, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, responded that she would provide an update later.