From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Police command on Friday paraded a prime suspect in connection to the serial killings in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The suspect, Gracious David West, who was arrested on Thursday by Police team on a routine stop search along Ogoni axis of the East/West Road, confessed to killing 7 women in the recorded killings.
It would be recalled that recently the suspect was sighted in a CCTV camera in one of the hotel reception in Port Harcourt after allegedly killing a female victim.
Parading the suspect, who claimed to be a native of Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state, at the Police Headquarters on Moscow Road, the State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, noted that the suspect was arrested on along East/West road enroute to Akwa Ibom.
Dandaura stated that the 39 years old suspect confessed the killing girls in Lagos, Owerri and Port Harcourt. He expressed delight that one of the prime suspects in the killing that has caused panic in the state has been arrested.
He said: “I am delighted to have you here today barely three days after I had addressed you on the rising cases of mindless killings in Hotels in the state and the measures put in place by the Command to arrest the seemingly disturbing trend which had attracted both international and local condemnation.
“Today, it is my pleasure to announce to you that resulting from the measures put in place, the Command has apprehended Gracious David West 39 years from Bugum in Asari Toru LGA of Rivers State.
“The suspect was arrested in a commercial bus enroute Akwa Akwa Ibom State, confessed to have carried out five killings in Port Harcourt, one in Owerri and another in Lagos state. He was on his way to Akwa Ibom, having seeing that Rivers State was no longer conducive for him. Whereupon he was arrested by the Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Bori who were on a routine stop and search along Ogoni axis of the East/West Road.
“The suspect is definitely not alone in these killings, though he had made useful confessions but the Command will go beyond his confessions to ensure that a conclusive end is achieved that will serve the interest of justice. So, far three suspects are in our custody and are being investigated in connection with these killings.”
Meanwhile, Gracious David West has confessed to the media that he has killed 7 girls in the above mentioned state. He claimed that he was under spiritual manipulation coming from a polygamous home where he said he is the only son of the family with female siblings.
“I am a native of Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, born in 1980. I don’t know what is causing me to kill women in the hotel. When the spirit comes it will be pushing me to go and kill, then after killing the person I will start regretting my actions.
“I always go to the hotel with a kitchen knife. When we go inside the hotel room after eating, after making love we will sleep for awhile, when the girl is sleeping I will hold her on the neck with the knife and wake her up. I will tell her not to shout, that if she shout I will cut off her throat with the knife, at that threat the girl will not shout, so she will relax believing that I will not kill her. I will promise her that I will only tie her and keep but will not kill her. After that I will tear the pillow case and use it to tie her hands and legs so when I will kill she will not struggle with me. But before I kill her I will increase the volume of the television in the room so no one will suspect my action.
“But before killing them, some of the victims will offer me some money to release them. I will collect their ATM PIN number and still kill her. After killing her I will stay in the room till daybreak until the laundry I gave me cloth to wash bring back my cloth, then I will leave the hotel room leave no suspicion in mind of the hotel management.
“I started the killing in Lagos. I killed a girl in Lagos, one in Owerri and 5 others in Port Harcourt. After killing them, I take their phones and sell it to one boy called Shina in Garrison”.