The revelation that a hotel in Ogun State placed secret cameras in the hotel rooms where guests lodge has continued to attract public attention.
The revelation was made by Femi Branch in a video clip that went viral. In that video clip, Femi Branch called out the hotel in Ogun State accusing them of invading guests' privacy by placing secret cameras in the rooms where the guests lodge.
Other celebrities such as Lepacious Bose and Bukky Wright supported Femi Branch and joined him in calling the police to investigate of the hotel. More people condemned the action of the hotel as calls mount for the owner of the hotel to be investigated.
According to Femi Branch, the act of placing cameras in the rooms where guests stay and sleep poses serious security threats to the guests because the cameras record their conversations which could be about business dealings, money and other personal issues. To this end, some of the guests might be targeted, attacked, robbed or even killed by some agents that may be working with the information given by the hotel. Watch video of Femi Branch talking about the issue here.
Guest reveals how the CCTV in the hotel showed his mother and brother when they were not wearing clothes
Apart from the revelations by Femi Branch, another guest at the same hotel made more revelations according to a report by The Punch. According to the guest who removed some cameras planted in an air conditioner in the hotel room where they lodged. The guest further revealed that the camera captured his mother and brother when they were not wearing clothes thereby revealing them naked. The guest disclosed that they have removed about five cameras in their hotel room so far which shows the extent the hotel has invaded their privacy.
Police takes action on the issue
Amid condemnation over the action of the Ogun hotel by members of the public and calls for the police to investigate the issue, the police finally responded and took action. The Ogun State Police Command officially started the investigation of the hotel, Pavillion Hotel Ayepe in Odogbolu, Ogun State. According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the owner of the hotel lives in Lagos but has been invited to answer questions on why his hotel took the action.
It is expected that the police will do a good job to ensure that the matter is handled well especially now that more members of the public are interested in the issue. The owner of the hotel will explain why the privacy of the guests were violated and he will be ready to face the outcome of the action.
The truth is that, security cameras may be used in hotels but not in the hotels rooms where guests lodge. Security cameras can be used around the fence and other areas to help with surveillance so that the hotel will be on the alert in case if any danger arises. But, placing secret cameras in the rooms where guests stay and sleep is an invasion of privacy taken too far.
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