After a federal high court Judge ruled for a plea of not guilty for suspected serial killer David west and ordered for him to undergo trials before the court while expressing readiness for a speedy hearing of the matter.
The Court ordered the suspect to be remanded in prison custody.
However a prison source revealed to sources that Mr West was thoroughly beaten by other inmates in prison.
The source added that the suspected serial killer fell sick after being manhandled by inmates.
This development forced prison officials to relocate West to a different cell but the occupants protested and expressed fear that they might also be killed same way the girls were killed.
A source said West has found it hard making friends in prison as inmates have developed the habit of avoiding making contacts with him.
He said West stares reflectively as other prisoners engage in their daily activities.
The Port Harcourt Prison did not give any response to the media on the allegation that West was being manhandled by fellow inmates.
Hearing on his murder trial will resume on November 18.