On Tuesday, the Chairman of the hotel and former Minister of State for Education, Mr Kenneth Gbagi, was alleged to have ordered that his employees(three women and a man) be stripped naked ar the Signatious Hotel, Warri, Delta State, by the management and their nudes were filmed and the snapshots sent online.
The hotel workers are identified as Gloria Oguzie, Victor Ephraim, Rosslyn Okiemute and Precious Achibong.
Some activists right groups took to the streets of Asaba to protest the dehumanisation of the hotel workers condemning the act and urging the Delta state Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, to probe the incident and arrest all those involved.
The protesters carried placards with different inscriptions; 'Human rights under attack in Delta State', 'We say no to bad justice in Nigeria,' called on the federal and state governments and lawyers to assist the victims to get justice.
Victor Ojei, the leader of the protesters and Director of Young Nigerian Right Organisation, alleged that the hotel owner ordered the dehumanisation and arrest of the workers over N5,000.
Victor alleged that the ladies were stripped naked in the presence of the police, who were called in to take them into custody.
"Three females and one man were held hostage, stripped naked in the hotel room, photographed and put on video camera by the management of the hotel.
He said "Last week Friday, the management of the hotel stripped the ladies naked, filmed them in the presence of the police and at gunpoint. Cash was also withdrawn from the victims' accounts through their ATM cards, before the police bundled them into a waiting van.
Adding that "The police, who should protect the citizens, connived with the hotel management and dehumanised them. Let's assume that they stole the money, there are channels to address such matters."
A lawyer, Collins Chidiebere, said human rights organisations could no longer keep quiet over abuses in the state.
He stated, "Human rights are supposed to be respected; those victims were kidnapped, held hostage, stripped naked for a period of four days, because of a mere allegation of stealing.
"There is a court of competent jurisdiction that should look into the matter and confirm whether these persons are innocent or guilty of the allegation. No one should take the law into their own hands.
Another lawyer, Omemiroro Ogedegbe, said a petition would be sent to the state Commissioner of Police over the matter.
Ogedegbe said, "The workers were arrested on Friday. By Sunday, we got information that they were not granted bail, because of their economic conditions. We intervened and asked the Divisional Police Officer to charge them.
"It was after their bail that they narrated their ordeal. They said Gbagi ordered that they should be stripped naked and videoed."