A Nigerian serial killer who killed nine women in a hotel room in a series of ritual murders was sentenced to death.

Gracious David West, 40, was arrested last September after several victims were found strangled and killed in Port Harcourt, the capital of the southeastern state of Rivers.

They wear white cloths around their necks and waists which police say may represent a ritual killings.

One of the sites where one of David’s victims was found.

The killings sparked outrage and caused women to take to city streets to demand better police protection.

Judge Adolphus Enebele found David-West guilty of murdering nine young women in hotels last year and the attempted murder of another in a hotel. He sentenced the accused to death by hanging.

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The serial killer appeared in court with a woman named Nimi Thankgod who was acquitted of wrongdoing with the body of one of the victims.

Rivers State has one of the highest crime rates in Nigeria and there are several streams of violence.

There are currently around 2,000 people on death row in Nigeria according to human rights groups, but only seven have been executed in the last decade.

David West was paraded through the streets after police arrested him. Authorities posted a video on Twitter of him confessing to the murders but a month later, he withdrew his testimony and pleaded not guilty in court.

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