Suspected Port Harcourt serial killer Gracious David West has confessed to the Nigerian police of how he killed his last victim in a hotel room in Rukpokwu, about 18 kilometres from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital city.
26-year-old West, whom the police said is a cultist, was arrested on Wednesday on East-West Road en route to Uyo from Port Harcourt.
West said in a video the Nigerian police posted to its official Twitter handle he had transactional sex with a nameless victim. Hours later, the victim was killed.
Although the video did not contain West’s explicit admission of the crime, the Nigerian police, however, tagged the video “confession of a serial killer.”
“We went to the hotel,” West said in the confessional video. “I paid for the place. So they took her up [to the room].”
He said he ordered for food to be prepared for him and the victim after which they “slept,”, which seemed to be a euphemism for having sex.
The crime, he told the police, was committed in the early hours of the following morning.
“Around that 5:30 am – let’s say 4 or 5:30 – I brought out a knife and now threatened her.
“With that fear, she couldn’t shout. By then, the television…the volume was loud. So she kept quiet. After that, I used the wrapper to tie her hands at the back and then tie her legs.”
When asked by his interrogator, who was off the camera what sort wrapper he used, West said he did not use a wrapper but pillowcases.
“Investigation is on with a view to ascertaining his motives and possible accomplices,” police said on Thursday evening.
The police said eight persons have been killed in such a manner.
Watch video below:
Confession of a serial killer pic.twitter.com/aatiOdj969
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) September 19, 2019
Police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed this to the Nation in a telephone interview, said the suspect confessed to killing one person each in Abia, Edo, Ibadan (Oyo State), Owerri (Imo State), Ikeja (Lagos State) and nine in Rivers State.
Over 10 women were killed in different hotels in Rivers in the last two months.
David-West was on his way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, when he was arrested and confessed to the crime, saying he killed seven women before his arrest.
The suspect hails from Buguma, Akuku-Toru Local Government of Rivers State.
David-West, an alleged Confraternity, said he takes joy in strangling young women in hotels whenever the urge to kill comes.
He claimed he did not cut his victim’s vital parts.
Omoni said the suspect is being quizzed to confess more of his deeds