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Residents seek CCTVs in hotels, others to check killings in Rivers State

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The Rivers State House of Assembly has been implored to enact a law that would make it mandatory for hospitalities to install closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) within their premises.

The call by the residents followed the weekend killing of two ladies in hotels in Omoku and Port Harcourt.

Convinced that a syndicate of serial assassins was on the prowl, the state chapter of the Nigerian Hotel Association has set up a task force to ensure that recreational centers comply with the new check-in and out procedures recommended by the police and the Department of State Services (DSS).

Disturbed by the fresh mowing down of the two females that 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, 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.

Confirming the setting up of the task force, the hoteliers’ association scribe, Koko Adolphus, stated that the killings might not be unconnected with ritualistic activities.

He said a 10-point security strategy had been put in place to ensure that hotels were safe in the state, adding henceforth, every guest lodging in a facility would be required to provide valid identification and functional telephone before checking in.


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