Rivers State police command has arrested a suspected serial killer of young women, Mr. Gracious David West, who confessed to killing a woman in a hotel allegedly lures his victims to low budget hotels in Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The26-year old serial killer, who is also a cultist- a member of the Degbam cult group, was nabbed enroute Uyo, Akwa Ibom from Port-Harcourt was caught on camera a few days ago leaving a hotel after strangling a yet-to-be identified lady following sex romp with her.
The Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, said “The notorious serial killer, Gracious David west was arrested on September 19, 2019 by the Police in Rivers, He has since made useful statements to the Police. Investigation is on with a view to ascertaining his motives and possible accomplices.”
Mba added that the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Mustapha Dandaura, will be briefing the media on the breakthrough on Friday September 20, 2019.
David West narrating his most recent killing in the video shared by the police, said he met his last victim at a club, headed to a motel after payment was agreed upon, they left the place together to a hotel. The suspect said he and the victim ate and slept but that in the early hours of the morning between 4:30 to 5:30, he brought out a knife and threatened to kill her with it if she shouted.
She calmed down out of fear when she saw the knife and allowed him to tie her two hands behind her back before strangulating her with loud music, the motel staff wouldn’t have heard, he added.
Investigation is still ongoing with a view to ascertaining his motives and possible accomplices. The Commissioner of Police Rivers State, CP Mustapha Dandaura will be briefing the media on this significant Police breakthrough.
The short confessional video posted online by the Force Headquarters did not contain Mr David West’s admission to the remaining suspected serial murders. A day before Mr David West was arrested, Rivers police commissioner, Mustapha Dandaura, told reporters two suspects had been taken into custody for their roles in the deadly attacks and Reporters were also told at the briefing that one of the suspects was arrested in Port Harcourt and had made ‘confessional statement’.
Although the police had received commendations for making arrests, the confusion being created by the officers’ marking of every suspect as “the serial killer” could aggravate fears of apprehensive residents that the killer remained at large.
While Mr David West admitted stabbing his victim before strapping her with a pillowcase, the police said the suspect arrested on September 18 “tried to smother his victim”.
Still, neither narration matches the pattern of strangulation observed in most of the cases linked to the Port Harcourt serial killing.
Police spokespersons in Port Harcourt and at the Force Headquarters did not return requests seeking additional details about the murders and arrests late Thursday.
Some twitter users applauded the efforts of the Nigerian Police while some sends out accolades, others doubt the arrest of the serial killer.
@ademolaonline As much as I want to agree to this story, I also find it hard to believe they av found the right person or if another person will not become a copycat. Am just saying our @PoliceNG is not detailed enuff to conclude this man is the killer. Where are the evidence?.
@GodFatherFigure The Nigerian police force has done something good for once
@OgbeniDipo Thank you Nigeria Police Force
@Zaddy_nomso Why is he stil talking & he didn’t do this alone. Don’t take it to court just kill him & his associates.
@Eben_Ik Serial killers work alone, but he confessed to only one, what was reasons? They didn’t even ask about details of others, just casually gisting with him in front of camera, he could be a copycat, it all looks scripted.
@1DJPowerPlay He doesn’t even look scared. He is talking like it is scripted. Nigeria police are not this nice. His face would have swollen by now with some beating .Something doesn’t add up
@Ibo_Boi_ Guyyyyyyyyy It doesn’t add up!!!
@Rosemary16th Sure he’s not working alone. I pray this doesn’t end here.. he should point out even single person involved then they should be executed by firing squad.
@Swagberg No mind them, thats how they parade notorious criminals for their PR stunt.
@opefisayo Not trusting the Nigerian police is the beginning of wisdom. This might have been scripted The guy narrating this might be doing it under undue influence All the pictures I’ve seen, I’ve not seen anyone where a pillow case was used to tie the girls, i stand to be corrected.
@yungeorge5588 Believe this at your own peril…
@liz_hijay why it sound scripted? Where is the rest video? Did he agree to killing all nine girls, what is the motive behind his actions, why is he not handcuffed, why is he looking so fresh, them no beat am?
@ManUnitedisDead Real killer is still on the run, this is scripted guys. Nigerian police will tell an abandoned criminal to accept being guilty of a different crime or they would kill another condemned criminal to replace the on the run criminal just for work promotion.
Why don’t Nigerians trust their own police men?