Suspected thieves recently burgled the room of an air hostess with a leading airline at Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Abuja, carting away various currencies totaling N100, 000. Miss Christiana Okwara, who works with Arik Air, exclusively narrated her experience to LEADERSHIP in Lagos.
The incident took place on June 10 while Miss Okwara was a guest at the five-star hotel. The air hostess was one of the members of the cabin crew of Arik Air that lodged in the hotel that night. It was not the first time she was putting up at the hotel as an air hostess.
On this occasion, she stayed in room no. 627 on the sixth floor of the hotel. At about 9.30 pm she left her room to the restaurant for dinner. Okwara said, “I went down to have dinner at about 9.30 pm or thereabouts. When I returned to my room between 10.40pm and 11 pm, I opened the door and behold I saw the contents of my handbag strewn across the floor.
She was alarmed and immediately checked for her money, which was in various currencies. Okwara continued, “I kept my monies in two places, in the purse and in one of the compartments in my bag. When I checked, all the monies were gone.”
“The monies stolen by the suspected burglars included $200, fifty euros, 430 rand, N18,500 and CFA 13,000,” she alleged.
Miss Okwara promptly alerted the security department of the top class hotel. “Immediately, I got in touch with their security and reported the theft to one Mr Oluwa Joseph . In the morning, I was referred to one Mr Ndu Richards. I also reported to the Cabin Services Department of my airline and they in turn informed Arik Security.”
The air hostess decided to go public with the incident, because of how the management of Sheraton Hotel and Towers had been handling the matter which, according to her is less than satisfactory.
“They have been treating this case with levity. This incident took place on June 10 and since then I have been the one always calling them and all they keep telling me is that they are still investigating. They want to sweep this very serious matter under the carpet and I won’t allow it,” she said.
Asked to comment on the development, the public relations manager of the hotel, Nnaji Tyem said she was not aware of the development, adding, however, that she would inquire from the security manager of the hotel.