Gunmen storm Gbenga Daniel’s hotel, sweeping away photographers and tenants
Some men stormed Conference Hotel, Abeokuta in the middle of the night, repeatedly firing in the air.
The men, many suspected of being officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), stormed the hotel, owned by a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, and walked away from people yet to be identified.
Some of those taken from the hotel were photographers and guests at an awards ceremony held at the premises.
Several other tenants were reportedly taken in as suspected fraudsters, also known as the Yahoo Boys.
A source, who spoke to our correspondent, said that one of his employees, a photographer at the award ceremony, was missing after the operation.
The source, who spoke to our correspondent in Ajah in Lagos state, said he received information that the photographer and others picked up by the men were forcibly taken to Ibadan, the capital. from Oyo State, stating “I couldn’t speak to him. since 2 a.m. when he was taken away.
However, there was confusion when the EFCC spokesperson said he was not aware of the operation.
EFCC public relations officer, Ibadan office, Tokunbo Odebiyi, said: “I have no information about the operation. I am not aware of any hotel invasion in Abeokuta.
But, former Governor Daniel’s media official Steve Oliyide confirmed that “unknown gunmen” stormed the hotel.
“At around 2 a.m. on Sunday November 28, 2021, unknown armed men suspected of acting at the request of one of the anti-graft agencies stormed the premises of the Abeokuta hotel in search of ‘an unknown yahoo boy,’ Oliyide said.
He further revealed that “unnecessary shots were fired”, adding that “our innocent guests were afraid”.
Daniel’s spokesperson explained that no lives were lost as security agencies were able to restore law and order.