Destar Hotel, Asaba, Delta state has now been deserted.

Quiet with few persons around speaking in low tones, a bar attendant, who preferred anonymity, said the incident had thrown customers and officials into a mourning mood.

“The sad incident started like a normal argument inside the hotel room, and before we realised it, a man was down with a fatal stab.

“The incident happened at about 10.45 p.m., so nobody could actually say what led to the fracas,” the bar attendant said.

"One of the few sex workers in the hotel who also spoke anonymously, described the incident as horrible and unfortunate, saying it had brought “our business to a standstill’’, she said.

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“However, I will like to use this opportunity to advise our clients to always respect themselves when they come here.

“Many of the clients do invite trouble to themselves. I rest my case,” she added.

Meanwhile, Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed that the police responded to a distress call from the hotel after the incident.

“The suspect is currently in police custody.

“A day after the incident, the “C Division’’ in Asaba carried out preliminary investigation on the case and transferred it to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“As I speak to you, homicide detectives have commenced full investigation into the case with a view to unraveling what actually transpired between the suspect and the victim to establish culpability,” he said.

The victim was a married man with four children.

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