The police in Rivers State, southern Nigeria, on Monday arraigned suspected serial killer Gracious David West before the Rivers State High Court.
Concise News reports that West was arrested along East-West Road en route to Uyo from Port Harcourt on 19 September.
The police said that the 26-year-old suspected killer, who hails from Buguma in Rivers, has since made useful statements to them.
West had confessed to have killed at least eight women in different hotels in the state in the last two months.
On Monday, the suspect was brought into the court premises around 10.28 am by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The charges against the suspect were not read to him because no lawyer was representing him in court.
On why he kills, West had said: “I don’t know what comes over me to kill. After I have killed, I feel remorse and cry for killing, but after that, the irresistible urge to kill comes over me again. I kill alone.”
Regarding his cult affiliation, he stated: “I was a member of the Degbam Cult group, I have since repented.
“I am not killing for any cult group. I just kill. I don’t know what comes over me to kill.”
Expatiating on how he kills, the suspect said he did not use the knife he usually carries around to kill.
He said, “The first woman I killed in one of the hotels in Ikeja had about N85,000 in her account.
“Before I strangled them after love making, I use the knife to cut the hotel bedding into a semblance of twine which I used to bind their hands and feet and also use the knife to threaten them.
“The kitchen knife was sold to me by an Aboki (Hausa seller).
“I threaten that if they raised the alarm, I will kill them with the knife.
“Out fear, they kept quiet while I raised the volume of the television set in the hotel room to prevent any noise from my room. I never killed with the knife.”
West also owned up that before he killed his female victims, he insisted on knowing their account balance and ATM pins.
“After strangulating them, I steal their ATM cards, empty their accounts from any nearby ATM machine and move on.
“It is not all the girls I slept with that I kill. I only kill whenever the irresistible urge to kill overwhelms me. l don’t have a house.
“My mother died through poisoning from her mate and I am homeless. I sleep in hotels.”
He also revealed that the phones he stole from his victims were sold to a customer in Waterlines Junction, off Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway, and another buyer around MTN office by Oil Mill Market in Port Harcourt.