Suspects in the murder of Cynthia Osokogu nabbed in Lagos, they tell a gruesome tale

Shielding their faces

Shielding their faces from the cameras

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.

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  • Hatenaija says:

    Nigerian is the hell fire we are talking about.crime can never stop.because every one is corrupt.i regret been a nigerian xx

  • sharon O says:

    After seeing these suspects on CCTV, how did they now pk them out among millions of people living in lagos? They claim to trace the phone call made to the hotel, how? Do we hv such facilities in Nigeria, how come they have not traced all the boko haram calls and kidnappers' calls that even call the victims'families regularly demanding for ransom? Story! am not a FOOL! The family of cynthia shud not kp quiet o!

  • sharon o says:

    This our Nigeria will never stop being corrupt especially the Police Force! In their video of the suspects' confession, dt stupid police officer was saying they called the reception of the yet to mentione murder venue's name wt cynthias fone, to inform dm of cynthias corpse in d hotel, how cud they call intercom wt a mobile fone? n if it werent intercom,how dd gt d recption's number? Was it actually necessary to inform the reception dt dy hv killed her? Wn dy wud def find out! Dt hotel is questionable, y is nobody in d hotel not arrested yet? I strongly believe dt these suspects r staged, they r not d actual killers of cynthia! If not y r they protecting their identities? Dy v bn paid to act as d killers! How come they r wearing suits? Dd they hv to dress up after being arrested unexpectedly? They picked them up from d streets n asked them to dress up lyk dt! Their names are fake!!no other link to those names! Wake up my fellow Nigerians,their is something behind the parade of these suspects! N the only thing d stupid journalist d suspects was "dd u intend to kill her?" Wht an irrelevant question?

  • this act is not good for our image, development, and progress in this our country Nigeria.For christ sake why must a lady should be drung and strangle to DEATH all in the name of stealing from her.For me I never fault late Cynthia Osokogu bcos she came down base on friendship and trust she has on them.What a trategy story, may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Amen.

  • amuresaint says:

    This is quite unfortunate for the poor Cynthia.How could she had flown to Lagos to meet these heartless souls pretending to be online friend.Hundreds of this happened in this country daily without formal record or report.It is though a lesson to other naïve girls even anybody,for crime of this nature is in no respecter of gender.For me,even though the deed is done already but the only deterrent measure should have been a capital punishment or sentence. Infact, the murderer should be taken to their father's compound for execution,if true justice should be done.

  • Nnenna says:

    Meeting and chatting with someone on the Net does not make the person a family or friend. He/she is still a stranger of which you know nothing about. Don't be gullible and be blinded by the desire to make new friends and then probably end up like Cynthia Osokogu. It could happen to anybody,don't ever feel it never be me.BEWARE!

  • onwukwe stan says:

    unbelivable!but dat was too careless of d lady. alot of lessons 4 every one.

  • a. ahmed says:

    Some ladies r not just smart,why will u visit a guy dat is just a frnd alone,2 for dat matter,she is not modest.we will never learn,kip doing one tin time n time again.the guys dick should b cutoff if justice want to b done or they should b killed.thank God d guys r not muslims,if not muslim guys fon don hear am again. l

  • Segun Saromi says:

    sincerely, ladies these days are just so careless and act naively… no matter how long you have known a guy, it is still wrong to stay in a concealed environment alone with him (whether hotel, house or anywhere). I am tired of hearing such news and seeing such "drug rape", 'force rape" or "ritual" victims. it makes me so sad. But the annoying thing is that you keep advising the ladies everyday on these issues but they keep doing the same thing over and over again. Ladies! don't go to see a guy alone or with a female friend, if you have to visit a guy or a male gender anywhere, go with a fit male friend that don't know the person you are going to see. and always make sure you and the person u went wit are together in the course of the visitation.

  • Emmy Obasa says:

    what a great lesson to learn, I just pray that we would not be used as an example to others.

  • what can I say, what a gruelsome death, every body should be careful of people they meet under any circumstance be it tru social media or otherwise.

  • sharon o says:

    If the police are sure that these men are the murderers, y r dy protecting dm by covering their faces? Corruption will neva stop in Nigeria! Gosh! These cold blooded animals murdered some1 and they cnt show their monsterous faces n even put the name of their skul? Dy just sd a Nigerian univ! Dy r animals n hv no conscience,so shud nt b treated as human beings..dd I hear u say, dy will b charged for murder? What abt rape? What abt kidnapping/abduction? Attempted robbery? Those shud b gvn life imprisonment, they dnt deserve to b walkn freely unless they genuinely repent n become born again! MTCHEW!!! P.S,Sometimes,I Wonder if d victim were to be a shoemaker's daughter or a nobody's daughter, wud the alleged killers b identified? Pls, let's tk every crime seriously just like ds one, no matter the social status of the victims! NPF tk note!!!

  • Get rich or die trying it is for these guys. Smh

  • sharon o says:

    If the police are sure that these men are the murderers, y r dy protecting dm by covering their faces? Corruption will neva stop in Nigeria! Gosh! These cold blooded animals murdered some1 and they cnt show their monsterous faces n even put the name of their skul? Dy just sd a Nigerian univ! Dy r animals n hv no conscience,so shud nt b treated as human beings..dd I hear u say, dy will b charged for murder? What abt rape? What abt kidnapping/abduction? Attempted robbery? Those shud b gvn life imprisonment, they dnt deserve to b walkn freely unless they genuinely repent n become born again! MTCHEW!!!

  • Elijah says:

    This shows how desperate some people could be when it come to money(wanna get rich at every opportunity). People with evil intentions, they shouldn't go scot-free.

  • Somie Emma-Iwuoha says:

    We live in a cruel world..this is just sad.

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