Anambra threatens to shut down hotel after discovering murdered UNIBEN student
The Anambra State government has threatened to shut down a hotel where a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) met her untimely death in suspicious circumstances on August 27, 2020.
It was gathered that the victim, Miss Chinenye Promise Nwoye, from Iruokpala, Ire Village in Abba, Njikoka local government area of Anambra, was allegedly strangled to death inside room 57, Aku Hotel in Abagana, Njikoka LGA after honouring an invitation via a phone call from her perceived ‘friend’ to meet him at the hotel.
The girl, who is on scholarship, it was learnt, had opted for computer lessons at a neighbouring town following the COVID-19 lockdown, when she was lured by her captor and killed inside the hotel room.
The matter is in court and the counsel to the hotel is exonerating the hotel owner and management of any complicity in either the kidnap or murder of the deceased.
But the Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Art Works, Culture and Tourism in the state, Dr. Christian Madubuko, while defending his ministry’s budget for 2021, threatened that government would henceforth pull down any hotel where such illegal acts and other heinous activities take place to serve as a deterrent.
Madubuko, who said he has brought the matter to the knowledge of the governor, pointed out that the hotel has been fingered as a place where related acts had taken place before now.
Throwing light on tourism development proposal for next year, Madubuko said government plans to enter into public private partnership to attract investors to develop the state’s tourism potential like Ogbaukwu Cave and Waterfalls at Owerre-Ezukala and Ogbunike Cave, to raise huge capital for the state.
On his part, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Anambra State Leisure Parks and Street Beautification Agency, Ify Atogu, said since the law establishing the agency came into effect in March, plans are on to have a forest leisure, comfortable and beautiful environment for residents to live in.
Also, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Clear Drainage, Desilting and Forest Preservation Agency, Chido Obidiegwu, asked the lawmakers to approve the increase of number of forest guards to man the forests in the state, from five to 30, and also procure 40 motorbikes for them.