The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two suspects in connection with the recent killings of multiple women in the state capital, Port Harcourt.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura confirmed the arrests and noted that there was an agreement with with hotel owners and managers some weeks ago over a compulsory installation of CCTV cameras.
He revealed that hotels that failed to install the CCTVs would be shut down. Dandaura revealed that eight young women had been murdered in the state by suspected ritual killers in the past two months and each victim always had white clothes strapped around their necks and waists.
The Commissioner of Police added that one of the suspects was arrested in Kaduna after a young lady reported that he was trying to lure her to a hotel with a promise of paying her N30,000.
“So far, we have made substantial progress in the investigation of these killings. In one of the cases, the actual murder suspect has been arrested and he is making useful confessions. He would have been paraded today (Tuesday), but we are still working on some clues given by him that may aid our investigation.
“Regrettably, it has come to my notice that some hotels have yet to comply with my directive on CCTV camera, hence my order to arrest the managers, receptionists and desk officers in two hotels, where two separate murders were recorded.
“They will be investigated and if found culpable, charged with culpable homicide. Today, I want to reinforce our commitment to tackling the menace and assure you that we have come to the end of this monstrous act by desperate cultists and ritualists.”
The commissioner also enjoined hotels not to allow short stay of guests for less than a day and also to require means of identifications and contact information of guests before booking.