The management of Conference Hotel, which belongs to a former governor of Ogun State Gbenga Daniel, has claimed that gunmen acting on the behest of one of the anti-graft agencies in the country raided the hotel on Sunday morning.
A statement by Mr Daniel’s media office said the men raided the hotel in search of an alleged internet fraudster locally known as Yahoo boy.
The statement partly read, “Some unknown gunmen believed to be acting at the behest of one of the anti-graft agencies stormed the premises of the hotel facility in Abeokuta in search of an unknown ‘yahoo boy’. Unnecessary shots were fired and our innocent guests were scared.
“Thankfully, our various security agencies were able to restore law and order and no life was lost. We thank all our customers for their patience and understanding and reassure all and the general public of their safety at all times in all our facilities.”
It was gathered that the gunmen, who allegedly broke into some guests’ rooms during the raid, confiscated mobile phones, laptops and exotic cars.
A lodger told PUNCH that an award party was held in the hotel on Saturday night, which attracted a lot of people to the hotel.
However, the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos and Ibadan denied knowledge of the alleged invasion.
“I have no information about the operation. I’m not aware of any invasion of any hotel in Abeokuta,” spokesman of the EFCC, Ibadan office Tokunbo Odebiyi told the newspaper.
Spokesman of Lagos office Ayo Oyewole also said he was not aware of the raid.