The state chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State Chapter, Mrs. Susan Serekara-Nwikhana has charged women to be weary of social media relationships.
The NAWOJ chairperson gave this charge last weekend, shortly after the Rivers State police command paraded a father of four children, accused of drugging, raping and robbing young ladies, who he allegedly lures on social media with enticing promises.
According to report, it is believed that the suspect operates in a manner similar to that of the serial killer, only that he does not kill his victims.
Some of the supposed victims claimed that after days of chatting with him on social media, he books a date with them in a hotel where he drugs their food and after they consume the food, they will fall asleep only to wake up to discover that he slept with them and made away with all their belongings.
Though the suspect whose name was given simply as Mr. Ibama denied the allegation, but two of the ladies said he transferred N135,000 and N185,000 respectively from their phones.
Ibama was spotted at a popular supermarket at Ada George, Port Harcourt by one of his victims who raised the alarm that attracted passersby who apprehended him and handed him over to the police.
In an interview with TNN, Mrs. Serekara-Nwikhana said “NAWOJ Rivers State want to ensure that women don’t suffer ill treatment or any form of gender bias. We also condemn this incident in all entirety, even as we call for justice on the matter.
“We are using this medium and this incident that just happened to caution women, especially women that reside in Rivers State to be weary of social media relationships and begin to scrutinize the kind of men they interact with.
“We’ve discovered that in the process of their interaction, they lured them into hotel rooms and many of them are being raped, sometimes they die from this kind of meeting; we are now saying that such things shouldn’t happen, like most of them were complaining that their money was stolen from their account, we wonder how it happened.
“The man was accused of raping over 20 women, more than 20 of them as we were told were swindled, they were allegedly swindled by the supposed serial rapist who they said lures the victims, telling them he works offshore, and the young girls fall prey to his antics.
“So we call on the state police to also ensure that, if found guilty this man, and his cohorts who are still out there deceiving women and taking undue advantage of them, especially those ones that are gullible to their antes, be brought to justice, that is my take.