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Police arraign four over Cynthia's murder
By Theo Adegoke
August 27, 2012 17:39:34pm GMT
Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo (left) and Ezike Ilechukwu Olisaeloka, suspected murderers of Late Miss Cynthia Osokogu udoka at the Yaba Magistrate Court, Lagos on August 27, 2012.

Lagos (WorldStage Newsonline)-- The Nigeria Police Force on Monday in Lagos arranged four men accused of killing a retired army general's daughter, Cynthia Osokogu before a Yaba Magistrate Court on a eight count charge.

The accused persons, Okwumo Nwabufo, 33; Ezike Olisaeloka, 23; Orji Osita, 32; and Maduakor Chukwunonso, 25, are facing trial on an eight-count charge of felony, conspiracy, robbery and murder.

According to the police the accused persons killed the deceased by administering on her 'Rohypnol Flunitrapezam, binding, torturing, and strangling her.

The Police also alleged that the suspects, along with some others still at large, raped and robbed the deceased of valuables that included an International passport, a mobile phone, shoes, bags, wristwatches and jewelery.

According to the police the accused persons' alleged offences are punishable under Sections 221, 231, 237, 241, 258, 295 and 409 of the "Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011."

In count one, they were alleged to have, between "2100 hours of July 21, 2012 and 12 hours of July 22, 2012 at room C1, Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Festac Town, Lagos did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: murder."

Count two accused them of unlawfully killing “one Cynthia Osokogu Udoka ‘f’ aged 25 years by administering her with obnoxious substance known as Rohypnol Flunitrazepam tablets via a Ribena fruit juice drink, binding her hands with chain, padlock and cellotape her legs, neck and mouth with cellotape, giving her fist blows all over her body, giving her several human bites, tortured and strangled her to death.”

In count three, they were also accused of conspiring among themselves to commit felony to wit: Armed robbery. The Police, in count four, accused them of robbing Cynthia of her personal items while being armed with “Obnoxious substances and other offensive weapons.”

Some of the items allegedly stolen from the deceased include one Bold Five model of Blackberry handset, international passport marked: A012493997 dated July 3, 2009; pairs of shoes, hand bag, artificial sex toy vibrator, jewelry pack containing three wrist watches, four rings, three pairs of earrings, one pendant, one necklace, hand chain (bangle) and a single earring.

They were accused in count five of conspiring among themselves to rape the deceased. In count six, the accused were accused of unlawfully having sexual intercourse with the deceased without her consent.

In count seven, the alleged to have, “with intent to facilitate the commission of felony, did unlawfully administer an obnoxious substance known as Rohypnol Flunitrazepam tablets, purchased at Oxpharm Pharmacy, 32 Road, Festac Town, Lagos, on Cynthia Osokogu Udoka.”

They were, in count eight, alleged to have,”with intent to harm, did unlawfully cause an obnoxious substanceknown as Rohypnol Flunitrazepam tablets to be administered on Cynthia Osokogu Udoka against her consent and caused her grievous harm.”

At Monday proceedings, presiding Magistrate Paul Adekomaiya directed the police prosecutor, Ag. SP Chukwu Agwu, to forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutors (DPP).

Though the Magistrate ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody, their plead was, however, not taken as the magistrate court lacks the jurisdiction to trial a case involving allegation of murder.

The court then adjourned the case till October 3, 2012 for mention, pending the advice of the DPP.

The first and second defendants, Okwumo and Ezike, had earlier been paraded by the state police command, where they admitted to luring Cynthia to Lagos via the social network.

They also admitted to drugging, binding, assaulting and killing her.

Cynthia's death, according to them, was a mistake. They admitted to previously luring four other women to hotels around Festac Town, Lagos.

The third and fourth defendants, however, were said to be attendants at Oxpharm Pharmacy, also at FESTAC Town, where the drug administered on the deceased was purchased.

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