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Ghana Tourism Authority shuts down Ridge Way Hotel following murder of Nigerian Prostitute

The Ridge Way Hotel has been shut down following the murder of the “28 year old Nigerian Prostitute” last Friday, 2 November 2018.

The closure was sanctioned by the Ghana Tourism Authority, over a gross misinformation and breach of regulations by management of the hotel.

Western Region Director for the Ghana Tourism Authority, George Nkrumah Ansere told Skyy News’ Abraham Mensah, the authority took the action on the grounds that management of the hotel secretly had been operating without the necessary permits after a renovation notice given them some time ago.

He explained that the hotel had earlier informed the authority of their discontinued operation due to the exercise but failed to notify them for the necessary assessment and clearance before resuming work.

“We have a problem with them because the said hotel according to our records informed us that they have closed down for renovation. Not knowing they were operating behind us. So we moved in and closed it down because they done have valid operating license for the year 2018. And we have lodged all the keys that we seized from them with the Police”, he narrated.

Commenting on the crime committed at the facility, Mr Nkrumah-Ansere stressed that the failure of hoteliers to adequately ensure security for clients is unpardonable. He emphasized that the authority has for years been advising hoteliers to provide security installations and lodgers’ book to aid investigations particularly in such circumstances.

“It is in their own interest that to keep that lodgers’ book because that is the source of information that you can give to the police, the security in case of any emergency. But if you don’t keep it you put yourself in a very difficult position, very bad situation…because hotels are open to the public. People come in and go out, so anything at all can happen over there”, Mr Nkrumah Ansere reiterated.

 

About the murder

Adefe Avoke Vera, 28 years, was murdered in cold blood at her hotel room in evening of Friday 2 November, 2018, the Ghana Police Service has confirmed.

The sad incident was reported by hotel attendants at the Ridge Way Hotel in Takoradi, the following morning. A witness who’s also an attendant [name withheld] said some confrontation ensued between the deceased and a male, whom is suspected to be her fiancé, that evening. The witness attempted to intervene but was threatened by the assailant to stay away.

The hotel attendants as part of their routine cleanup was struck by the gruesome murder of the lady the following morning.

Public Relations Officer of the Western Region Police Command, DSP Olivia E. Adiku in a media briefing this morning said the deceased suffered several knife wounds in the stomach, throat, and left thigh.

 

Story: Abraham Mensah/Skyy News

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