The owner of Etashol Hotel and Suites, located in Budland Street, Ojodu Berger area of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Olusola, and the manager, Tunji Omikunle, have been murdered.
Mrs Abimbola Olusola, who had lived in London, the United Kingdom, for 35 years, was said to have returned to Nigeria recently and opened the hotel for business in March 2018.
It was gathered that the deceased had issues with some of the workers, who allegedly defrauded the hotel of millions of naira and it was reported that two of the workers were sacked after investigation by the police.
In a move to revenge, the gang said to have consisted some of the sacked workers and hotel employee, stormed the hotel, deactivated the Closed Circuit Television cameras on the premises, dragged the manager into a toilet, where both his hand and feet were tied before he was strangled to death killed.
A member of mrs Abimbola Olusola family whose name is withheld, said the deceased was planning to let out the hotel and return to London before the ultimate tragedy occur.
She said, “The incident happened on Thursday night stroke Friday morning. I was called that my sister had been murdered by the boys working for her in the hotel.
“From what I learnt, the manager had dragged one of them, named Light, to a police station for involvement in fraud in the hotel. There were also cases of stealing involving these guys. Two of them were sacked. I think it was after they had killed the manager that they got access to the card that opens my sister’s room. They went to her bed, tied her up and strangled her too.”
Tunji’s uncle, Chief Tunde Omikunle, said tunji was survived by his wife and twin children.
Tunde said, “He grew up with me before learning tailoring. And when he was done, the family got a shop for him; he even had apprentices until last year when he said he had been employed as a manager in the hotel.
“His wife, a graduate, had just delivered a set of twins. She stays in Ibadan. In fact, he wanted to go to meet his family in Ibadan when his boss asked him to wait. It was that night that he and the boss were killed.
A source said the police had recovered the ropes used to commit the crime.
“There was no stab wound or anything on the corpses. The victims were strangled. We recovered the ropes used to commit the crime,” the source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, stating that investigation was ongoing.