The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, CP Mustapha Dandaura said on Wednesday that a suspected serial killer of ladies in Port Harcourt has been arrested while trying to choke and strangle a lady to death.
This is just as he told protesting women that the young lady was rescued.
The incident happened around Mile 4 area of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt.
Police sources said the man had lodge the young lady (names withheld) at the Nsirim Hotel, and was trying to choke her to death when the lady’s scream alerted the hotel management.
CP Dandaura told over 75 women groups that protested the killings of women that the woman had slept off, but woke up suddenly midnight and observed that the man had carried a pillow to choke her to death.
An hotel source said: “The woman went into the hotel on the man’s invitation and when she slept off, the man tried to kill her with a pillow. She was lucky to have woken up as the man tried to press her down.
“The woman immediately began to scream and the people in the hotel called the police, who raced to the place and forced the door open. Police eventually rescued the woman and arrested the man”..
Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the suspect had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Police Command.
He confirmed that, “The young woman escaped because she was able to raise the alarm at about 2 am. She was sleeping when she suddenly woke up and saw the man who brought her to the hotel charging at her.
“She was almost dying when the man tried to strangle her. The man was arrested by our men. He is from Akwa Ibom and a builder. He told us he is a school dropout. The people in the hotel called the police, who rushed to the place, rescued the young woman and arrested the man”
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