By Innocent Orok
One of the notorious serial killer in hotels terrorising Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has been arrested by the Police.
Mr Gracious David West the 26 years old serial killer who was arrested by the Rivers State Police Command along the East West road on his way to Uyo ,the Akwa Ibom State Capital confesses that he has killed 13 girls , five in Owerri , the Imo State Capital and seven in Port Harcourt the Rivers state capital .
Gracious West claimed it is his village people that made him to be killing girls.
West was declared wanted by the police on Wednesday after a Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) footage showed he had booked into a hotel with a young woman who was found dead on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the suspect confessed to have killed five women in similar manner in Imo State and seven in Port Harcourt City.
Gracious David West is a native of Buguma LGA of Rivers State.
He was alleged to be a renowned armed robber who was rehabilitated by a church and was assisted to secure a job at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
But the suspect was said to have continued his criminal life style and was declared wanted by the Police in June last year. He was said to have been on the run until the CCTV footage exposed him as a member of the syndicate that had been killing women in cold blood in hotels in recent times.
Narrating how he strangled his victims, Gracious West said, “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. At 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.”
Confirming his arrest through their official Twitter handle, the police said the suspect was a member of the Degbam cult group, adding that he had made useful statements.
“Investigation is on with a view to ascertaining his motives and possible accomplices. The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mustapha Dandaura will be briefing the media on this significant police breakthrough on September 20”, ( today) the police said.