SAN FRANCISCO, September 19, (THEWILL) – The Rivers State Police Command has finally busted the man responsible for the killing of at least 13 women in hotel rooms in Rivers State and environs.
The suspect, an ex-militant identified as Gracious David West was arrested Wednesday and has confessed to the heinous crimes.
The police had been working hard to find the serial killer(s) responsible for the multiple murders and got a break when a CCTV footage showed Gracious had checked into a hotel with a young female who was later found dead in the room on Tuesday. He was declared wanted afterwards.
The police seized him Wednesday along East-West Road as he fled to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.
A native of Buguma LGA of Rivers State, he was a renowned armed robber and member of Degbam cult group, who was rehabilitated by a church and was assisted to secure a job at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
He told police he was responsible for the murder of seven women in Port Harcourt and five women in Imo State.
He narrated how he executed the last murder to the police.
“We were inside the club then we discussed on how much I will pay her. After that we left the club to the hotel at Osas Road. When we got there, they took her up and I said let me look for a way to arrange for food that we will both eat.
“After eating, we slept till the next morning around 5:30am. I brought out a knife. She was unaware there was a knife. So, I told her not to shout that if she does I will use the knife on her.
“Out of fear she kept quite. During that time the television volume was loud. Then I used the wrapper to tie her hands her legs from the back and strangled her with pillow case.”
“The Commissioner of Police Rivers State, Mustapha Dandaura will be briefing the media on this significant police breakthrough on September 20,” the police said in a tweet following his arrest.