The River state police command has arrested Gracious David West, an alleged serial killer in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, the police said the suspect was arrested while en route Uyo from Port Harcourt.
About eight young women have been murdered in different hotels in the state in the past two months.
The bodies of these ladies were said to have been found in similar conditions – strangled and with a white piece of cloth tied around their necks.
“The notorious serial killer, Gracious David West was today September 19, 2019, arrested by the @policeNG in Rivers,” the tweet read.
“The 26-year old killer from Buguma LGA of Rivers State, who is also a member of the Degbam cult group was arrested along East-West Road en route to Uyo from Port Harcourt. He has since made useful statements to the Police.
“Investigation is on 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 tomorrow, September 20, 2019.”
The arrest is coming after various groups protested the killings of young women in hotels across the state.
My Suspension Was Political, Audio — Oluwo
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi has described his suspension from Osun State Traditional Council meeting held today in Osogbo, the state capital as political.
Describing the points given by the council as porous, lacking in logic and not portray the revered traditional council in good light, Oluwo stated that the council refused to address the allegation that he punched a monarch, the reason for the meeting.
Oba Akanbi said any suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting is subject to the approval of the state government.
He described the suspension as audio, stating it is unprofessional of the respected Osun State traditional council meeting to make such pronouncement without the approval of the state government.
Reacting through a statement issued by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said the argument for the suspension was out of context, saying the reason the emergency meeting was summoned by the council was not addressed.
Oluwo said he was surprised to note that his purported suspension for his conduct against certain traditional rulers is strange to the traditional institution book of history and will never stand.
He expressed disappointment that traditional council could be turned to an avenue of playing politics.
He stated the highest level of injustice is for the council to say I was rude to the same Ooni who presided over a meeting where they said I was suspended.
“I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government. It is sad to note that Osun State traditional council could be so political. They said I was rude to Alake, Ooni and Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting. If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council. It is just an audio pronouncement and an insult to the state government without consultation by the council”.
“We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials presence came to the meeting as witnesses and gave account that I didn’t beat any Oba. May be because the truth from the witnesses didn’t go with their expectation, they hatched unfounded excuse to make an audio suspension”
“It is pure political and there are many things attached but we keep mute to see how far this will stand”
Ikokwu 5: Police Pressuring Us To Drop Demand For Justice — Late Chima’s Family
Members of family of the Late Chima Ikwunado, the Port Harcourt auto-mechanic allegedly tortured to death while in detention have raised alarm that authorities of Rivers Police Command are piling up pressure on them to drop their demand for justice.
Late Chima’s elder brother of the Anthony, told a Port Harcourt based Radio Station, Nigeriainfofm that as soon as the process of the suit which his family and the four Ikokwu Spare parts dealers instituted against the Police were served on the Command, the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, called on members of the family for a closed door meeting.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, at the meeting held on Wednesday, February 19, persuaded members of the family to “settle the matter” out of Court.
He said, “We were called and I met the CP Dandaura, yesterday (Wednesday) that we should settle this matter amicably without going to Court.
“Besides the Police, the General Overseer of a popular Church (name withheld), has called me over it. But the masses are still involved in this matter. It is not only us. Ohaneze Ndigbo and all the rest are involved in this matter. We want justice for Chima or nothing else, just justice. Those who killed my brother will go in for it.
The family of the late Chima and his colleagues had gone to Court to seek for justice.
Four colleagues of the deceased arrested and also tortured by officers of the E-crack Squad also known as the Commissioner’s squad, while in detention are also seeking justice in the suit.
The case, which is hinged on two fundamental rights matters were filed by the father of late Chima, Kelvin and the deceased’s wife, Adaugo.
They are asking for justice for the late Chima and four others allegedly tortured by the E-crack Squad of the Police while in custody.
They are also asking for the release of the remains of the late Chima.
However, when the matter came up in Court, the Inspector General of Police and the other officers listed in the charge were not present in court.
The presiding Judge, Justice James Kolawole Omotosho adjourned the case to February 27, 2020, after listening to the charges.
Meanwhile, the late Ikwunado’s family as well as members of Civil society and human rights groups waited endlessly on Thursday for the result of the autopsy conducted on the remains of late Chima.
The Police Pathologist, Dr. Stephen Musa had last week promised that the result of the autopsy will be ready in 10 days which elapsed on Thursday.
But despite waiting for many hours, no result was presented and there is no explanation for the delay.
God Punishing You With Insurgency For Your Sins Against Igbo — Ohanaeze Tells Northerners
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has said that the insurgency ravaging the North East is a reward of the sins committed against the Igbo 50 years ago by the North during the civil war.
The OYC also hailed the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who yesterday said that God was using the insurgency to punish Nigerians for their Sins.
OYC position was contained in a statement signed by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike.
“OYC insists that why insurgents are ravaging the North is based on the sins committed against Igbos 50 years ago during the BIAFRA war by mostly Northern Military leaders,” the group said.
The group maintained that Northern leaders witnessed the unfortunate killings of over two million Igbos, who are mostly children and women, adding that until the “North repents and support a Nigerian President of Igbo Stock 2023 as a medium to ask God for forgiveness, the insurgency will continue to serve a punishment to them.”
OYC further insisted that God has given Igbo the solutions to heal the North and end the suffering in the region, accusing Northern politicians of benefiting hugely from the insecurity challenges in the region.
OYC said it condemns in strong terms the bill, entitled ‘National Agency for Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria’ sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam on the floor of the Senate.
The Igbo youths described the bill as a, “cosmetic approach to legalized insurgency and create opportunities to waste resources.”