The notorious serial killer of women in hotels, Gracious David West, from Buguma in Asari-Toru local government area of Rivers State has confessed that he had actually killed a total of seven persons and started killing from Ikeja, Lagos, before moving to Owerri in Imo State and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He made the confession on Friday while being paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, at the Rivers State Police Headquarters.
In his confessional statement, he said that he killed five persons in Port Harcourt, one in Ikeja and another in Owerri while he survived on the money he stole from the victims’ accounts by using their ATM cards.
Asked about the motive behind the killings, he said: “I don’t know what always came over me to kill. After I had killed, I would feel remorse and I then I would cry. But after that, the irresistible urge to kill would come over me again. I killed alone.”
He also claimed to belong to a Cult group: “I was a member of the Degbam Cult group, I have since repented. I was not killing for any cult group. I just killed. I don’t know what always came over me to kill.”
Narrating how his activities, he said: “The first woman I killed in one of the hotels at Ikeja had about N85, 000 in her account.
“Before I strangulated them after lovemaking, I would use knife to cut the hotel bedsheets into a semblance of a twine or rope which I used to bind their hands and feet. I used the knife also to threaten them. The kitchen knife was sold to me by an Aboki. I threatened that if my victims raised alarm I would kill them with the knife. Out of fear, they would keep quiet while I raised the volume of the television set in the hotel room to dwarf any noise. I never killed with the knife.”
The 39-year-old, also revealed that he insisted on knowing their account balance and ATM pins before he killed his victims.
“After strangulating them, I would steal their ATM cards, empty their accounts from any nearby ATM machine and move on. It is not all the girls I slept with that I killed. I killed only whenever the irresistible urge to kill overwhelmed me. l don’t have a house. My mother died through poisoning from her mate and I am homeless. I sleep in hotels.”
He also revealed that he sold the phones he stole from his victims to a customer in Waterlines Junction off Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway and another buyer around MTN office by Oil Mill Market in Port Harcourt.
He also confirmed that he was one of the ex-militants rehabilitated by the Omega Power Ministry, OPM, and he secured a job at Federal University of Science and Technology (FUTO), Owerri, through the Church but he made away with students’ properties.
The suspect stressed that he tried to seek spiritual deliverance from Christ Chosen Church. He was also in Salvation Ministries but to no avail, because he could not secure accommodation to follow through.
CP Dandaura disclosed that his insistence on hotels in the state to install Close-Circuit Television Cameras, CCTV, had yielded results. He vowed that the Police under his command would fight crimes headlong in the state.
Dandaura called on political gladiators in the state to come together and move the state forward and that the Command under him would be nonpartisan in the discharge of its duties.