Scores of Nigerian women marched through the streets of Port Harcourt over the weekend to the State Police Command in protest of the serial killings of women in hotels in Rivers State.
According to locals, the deaths of the women are for supposed rituals. Nine women have been slain in hotels across the country since July. Protestors are now calling for the police to take stronger measures to protect women in the state.
Protest organizer, Soibi Ibibo Jack, addressed the recent killings and wants the police to hurry up and catch the killer.
"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," she said.
Rivers State Police commissioner, Mustapha Dandaura, said the police is working cohesively with other security agencies to ensure the lives of women and other residents.
Dandaura spokesperson DCP Chuks Enwonwu said: "The police are mostly concerned about these serial killings in the hotels and we have arrested suspects, and investigation is ongoing, and if they are found guilty, the long arm of the law will take its course.
"We will do our best to make sure that this evil stops. We have sent message across to all business places, especially the hotels to have full data of the customers who want to lodge, so that they could give account if anything happens. We are not saying that they should install CCTV cameras in their rooms that is invading people's privacy, but as the customer come in, take data of the person."