Favour Appiah, a 14-year-old girl, has drowned in the swimming pool of a popular hotel, Manuex Place Hotel, in Effurun, in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
Sources said the incident, which occurred on Sunday, threw guests and staff of the hotel into confusion.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the hotel, located on Jakpa Road, was often used by several oil companies.
A family member of the victim, who did not want to be identified, said the hotel management was negligent.
According to the distraught family member, the pool attendant was not around when the incident happened.
The deceased was reportedly declared missing on the hotel premises by her relatives before her lifeless body was discovered at the bottom of the pool.
“We searched everywhere when we could not find her. We thought she might have gone to change. We checked, but we didn’t see her until we drew the attention of the hotel to the incident.
“The pool attendant was not there when the incident happened. When the pool attendant came, he refused to enter the water. No one could see the bottom of the water.
“It was one of the receptionists who just resumed who entered the pool to search if she was there. Lo and behold, she had drowned and was lying at the bottom of the pool,” the family member said.
Our correspondent gathered that the remains of the teenager were later deposited at the mortuary of the Central Hospital, Warri.
The Manager of Manuex Place Hotel, Benie O., confirmed the incident, but declined to give details.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, also confirmed the incident.