Rivers Serial killings: Lawmaker speaks on court verdict sentencing David-West to death

Hon. Kelechi Nwogu, Rivers lawmaker representing Omuma constituency of Rivers State, has reacted to the conviction of Gracious David-West by hanging over multiple murder in Rivers State.

Newspot had reported that a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt sentenced the serial killer, Gracious David-West to death by hanging for the multiple murder of several females in hotels in different parts of the state.

David-West who was charged with ten counts of murder and attempted murder is reported to have committed the crime in hotels in Port Harcourt where he strangled his victims to death.

He, thereafter, tied his victim’s hands and legs with a white cloth before making away with their valuables in 2019.


The trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli in his judgment said, “Gracious David-West should be hanged on his neck until he is dead”. The Court resolved that the prosecution was able to prove their case beyond reasonable doubts with all the evidence and witnesses brought before the court.

However, the Rivers State legislator, Kelechi Nwogu, in a statement made available to Newspot on Friday, commended all those who ensured that the victims of Gracious David West finally got justice.

The lawmaker who lamented the havoc inflicted on most families by the convict with his criminal activities leading to serial deaths reassured that the Rivers State House of Assembly in its untiring collaboration with the State government would continue to make Rivers safe for all its citizenry and business investors.

According to the press statement which partly read, “on behalf of the Rivers State House of Assembly ad hoc committee saddled with the responsibility of unravelling serial killings that occurred in the state in 2019, of which I served as its chairman, I commend all those who ensured that the victims of Gracious David-West finally got justice.

“When this serial killer was on the prowl, there was apprehension in the entire state, because no one knew who will be his next victim. An ugly development that made the house to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the menace, which was chaired by my humble self; we swung into action immediately, and the suspect was arrested and charged to court.

“Just as you all know, Gracious David-West has been found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. A landmark judgement delivered by Justice Adolphus Enebele of the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt.

“This would serve as a deterrent to other criminal elements in our society. If they do not turn over a new leaf and become law-abiding citizens, they would be brought to book, because Rivers State Government is determined to protect lives and properties.

“I can assure you that, Rivers State can longer experience anything as serial killings in our hotels because the bill I sponsored on the floor of the house tagged, INN KEEPERS AND HOTEL PROPRIETORS BILL will address all the loopholes that Gracious David-West relied on to murder those young ladies”.

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