Rivers Women Group Present Petition to Police

The uproar caused by the killings of two females in hotels in rivers state has not died down as civil organisations as well as the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt have come out to clamour for a law making it mandatory for Close Circuit Television CCTV to be installed in hotels in the state.

The societies and some residents are therefore calling on the Rivers State House of Assembly to enact a law that would make it mandatory for hospitalities to install closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) within their premises.

This is a sequel to the killings at the weekend of two ladies in hotels in Omoku and Port Harcourt respectively.

Also, the state chapter of the Nigerian Hotel Association is not also taking the obvious threat to their business kindly as they have come out with a task force to ensure that recreational centers comply with the new check-in and out procedures recommended by the Nigeria police and the Department of State Services DSS.

The Hotel association is convinced that a syndicate of serial assassins and ritualist are on the prowl and their continued operation will affect and eventually destroyed the hospitality business in the state. They have cautioned their members and every hotel in the state to re-enforce security as a matter of urgency.

Demonstrators Against Ritual Killings

It would be recalled that the fresh killing of the two females bore the trademark of an earlier attack that claimed 11 girls where the victims were being lured to hotels, got their arms tied and suffocated with white cloths.

To draw government and security agencies attention to these dangerous practices and threat to lives of women in the state, the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt South and over 25 groups are to stage a protest to the Government House and State House of Assembly complexes in Port Harcourt tomorrow.

The club president, Rita Marley Nkem Idonor, said the march was to wake government and security agencies from their ‘slumber’ so that they could prioritise the protection of lives and properties.

She said her organisation and others would push for the speedy enactment of legislation that would make it a criminal offence for any hotel not to install a CCTV and other surveillance devices in its facility.

Idonor lamented that the serial killers had been on the rampage for too long and, as such, efforts must be intensified by the state government and security agencies to track them down.