Nigerian Police Arrest Three Suspects in String of Murders Targeting Women

Activist groups took to the streets in Port Harcourt in Nigeria’s River state to talk to women about how to keep safe following the spate of murders.

Three suspects, linked to a spate of killings targeting women in Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State have been arrested, police said on Wednesday.

One of the men was arrested in the city on Wednesday after he covered her face with a pillow and attempted to strangle her while she was asleep in a hotel room they shared, police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni told CNN.

“The young woman escaped because she was able to raise the alarm at about 2 a.m. She was sleeping when she suddenly woke up and saw the man who brought her to the hotel charging at her,” Omoni said.

“She was almost dying when the man tried to strangle her,” he added.

Women in the city have been found murdered in different hotel rooms since August, often strangled with a piece of white clothing tied either around their neck or waist, police commissioner Mustapha Dandaura said at a briefing Tuesday.

The killings in Port Harcourt bore all the hallmarks of “cultism,” police said.

“The same modus operandi is used by the killers. They drug the ladies before strangling them to death. They use a white cloth to tie either on their neck or their waist. There is an element of cultism,” Dandaura, said. He added that all the women’s body parts were found intact.

Hallmarks of cultism

Women in the city have been found murdered in different hotel rooms since August, often strangled with a piece of white clothing tied either around their neck or waist, police commissioner Mustapha Dandaura said at a briefing Tuesday.

The killings in Port Harcourt bore all the hallmarks of “cultism,” police said.

“The same modus operandi is used by the killers. They drug the ladies before strangling them to death. They use a white cloth to tie either on their neck or their waist. There is an element of cultism,” Dandaura, said. He added that all the women’s body parts were found intact.

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SOURCE: CNN, by Friday Davies and Bukola Adebayo