#ProtectPHGirls: Nigerians react over ‘Serial killer’ prowling in Port Harcourt

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The rising case of alleged murder of women by serial killers in Port-Harcourt has sparked up condemnations with Nigerians calling for the protection of girls and women in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

On Monday, Twitter users expressed outrage and displeasure over the unfortunate killings through hashtags created – #ProtectPHGirls and #PHCSerialKiller with many condemning the lackadaisical attitude of the police towards the issue.

The death of a girl in a hotel located at Obo Road, Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State last week was just one out of the series of killings of women in Port Harcourt hotels in recent time.

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”, she said.

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.”