by Isi Esene
Men of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, yesterday, paraded the alleged killers of Cynthia Osokogu , the daughter of a Rtd. Gen. Osokogu who was murdered in an hotel in Festac Town, Lagos.
Paraded were two suspects, Echezona Nwabufor, 33, and Ezekiel Nnechuwu Olisa Eloka, 23, who confessed to the killing of the young woman.
They confessed that they killed her with the intention of stealing her money but she did not have any cash on her.
According to the suspects:
“We met her on the Facebook on our Blackberry. We invited her to come to Lagos to buy goods at cheap prices.
“When she got to Lagos, we took her to a hotel in Festac. We thought she had a lot of money, but she said she didn’t have any money. We gave her Reflon tablet in her Ribena drink. After this, we slept with her for 12 hours in that hotel. We discovered that the tablet did not work quickly on her.
“We then attacked her, tied her up and used Cello tape to cover her mouth. After that, we beat her to tell us where she kept the money.
“When we didn’t get any money from her, we tied her mouth and strangled her and then we abandoned her in the hotel and fled.”
The victim and her alleged killers became friends on Facebook, they saw an opportunity to attack and steal money from her when she told them she was coming to Lagos. They met her at the Murtala Mohammed Airport and checked her into an hotel in Festac where they say they raped and killed her.
According to the Lagos State commissioner of Police, Umar Abubakar Manko, the suspects were nabbed by detectives who used the Close Circuit TV (CCTV) footage provided by the hotel where the alleged crime took place.
Also used was the call logs which revealed the exchange of phone calls and messages between both suspects and Cynthia, their victim.
Both Nwabufor and Eloka are undergraduates of Nigerian universities while Cynthia Osokogu is a post-graduate student of Nasarawa State University.
Reports say she regularly visits Lagos to buy stock for the retail clothing business which she manages.
Twenty-three SIM cards, several debit cards, and multiple identity cards were said to have been recovered from the suspects by the police.
The Police say that both suspects will soon appear in court to face charges of murder.