Customers and employees of the Lakers Lounge Hotel and Bar in Ikorodu, Lagos State, claim that officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission tortured them during a raid.
When armed officials stormed the club around 11.30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, the workers were attending to customers.
The officers allegedly removed the closed-circuit television during the operation, despite the fact that no warrant was presented.
Customers and employees were allegedly told to lie on the floor, and any who protested the raid were allegedly beaten up.
The Human Resources Manager at the club, Ajoke Quadri, while speaking with The Punch, said the EFCC officials presented no warrant, adding that business activities at the club had been paralysed after the raid. She said,
“The EFCC officials destroyed the club’s property; they burst into my office and the safe where I keep staff documents. They also destroyed the camera room, took all the DVR and hard drive and cut the wires connecting the CCTV.
“We also have a hotel attached to the club. They took the master card from our receptionist, and went to the hotel’s rooms and the rooms where the master card wasn’t letting them gain entry, they broke down the doors, raised the beds up and brought out lodgers.
“About 105 people work with us; but those operatives harassed my staff, including Gloria Nwankwo, and one of my supervisors, among others on duty. We had to rush the supervisor to a hospital as he could not hear properly after the attack.
“They also burst into my boss’ office, took away three tablets used to punch in sales; they took two phones we used for receiving company transfer alerts.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.