THE rising cases of women being murdered by a “serial killer” in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has drawn widespread condemnation, with many calling for the protection of girls and women in the city.
Social media has been abuzz since the murders increased.
On Monday, Twitter users expressed outrage over the unfortunate killings through hashtags #ProtectPHGirls and #PHCSerialKiller, with many condemning the lackadaisical attitude of the police on the issue.
The death of a girl in a hotel situated in Obo Road, Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state last week was just one of the many killings of women in PH hotels recently.
According to reports, the victims are usually found strangled and gagged with a white handkerchief.
Over the weekend, several women groups took to the streets of Port Harcourt to sensitise residents on alleged serial killers on the prowl in the city.
The convener, Soibi Ibibo Jack said, “There is a serial killer on the loose in Rivers State. We want to go out and return home without fear.
“We acknowledge the police for what they are doing, but we urge them to do more so that the killer is arrested, tried and made to face the full weight of the law.”
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has advised young women to shun prostitution.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, Chuks Enwonwu, while addressing protesters said, “In as much as societal values are disintegrating, we must go back to try to educate them (women) and discourage them from going into prostitution because that is how they fall victim to these crimes.”